The Kerala State Bamboo Corporation Ltd., a government of Kerala undertaking, was established in the year 1971, with a mission to support and uplift the bamboo weaving and reed cutter community as well as other traditional workers depending on bamboo resources.
Over one lakh individuals, who are either engaged in reed cutting, mat weaving or making handicraft articles are benefited from the Corporation.
Kerala State Bamboo Corporation's main activity is collection of good quality reeds from Government forests and distributing these reeds to the registered mat weavers of the Corporation, throughout the State of Kerala, on credit basis and procuring woven mats made of these reeds at reasonable prices, thus providing employment and regular means of livelihood to these weaver sections of the society.
With a capital base of about Rs.700 Lakhs, this Corporation is serving almost of one lakh number of traditional workers as under:-
1.Reed Cutters : 1500 Nos.
2.Mat Weavers-9484 family x4Nos. : 37936Nos.
3. Other category workers(including) : 30,000Nos.
(Traditional workers engaged in making baskets,handicrafts etc.)
About 80% of these traditional workers belong to socially and economically backward classes. Another important aspect is that most of the mat weavers attached to the Corporation are women.
The Corporation is authorised by the Government to collect 29,000 M.T of reeds per annum from the forests.
It has 12 reed collection centres, 87 depots for distributing reeds to the weavers, and 15 reed distribution centres to supply reeds to the traditional workers.
The centres are located in different parts of the state.
The Kerala State Bamboo Corporation has its head office at Angamally in Ernakulam district.