1000 acres bamboo cultivation zone to be established
Myanmar Times, 13 Aug 2018
About 1000 acres of bamboo cultivation zone will be established in Nay Pyi Taw and the government is set to help entrepreneurs upgrade their bamboo products, U Kyaw Thu, secretary of Myanmar Bamboo Growers Association told The Myanmar Times.
The land of bamboo growers is being measured and consolidated to build this zone. They are arranging to submit the detailed map and to start the process. After the bamboo zone is established, they will educate local bamboo farmers and will improve the poor quality bamboo products to exportable quality products, he added.
“If we get permit, we will educate residents about bamboo growing and bamboo crafts so they can increase their income,” he said. “Currently, we are providing trainings to the growers by cooperating with related departments.”
In Myanmar, most people are relying on the natural bamboo forests and if they get permit, the local growers and the groups will fell the bamboo trees and pluck the bamboo shoots systematically, U Kyaw Thu said.
Myanmar joined the International Network on Bamboo and Rattan(INBAR) in 1997. Currently, it is carrying out promotion on sustainable management and use of bamboo resources in cooperation with Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).
The Forest Department will implement reforestation project from 2017 up to 2027, said Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Minister U Ohn Win.
According to current global market, bamboos can be used for small scale furniture productions of parquets, ceilings, curtains, among others. It can also be used in building native hostels and widely used for toothpicks, thus, could increase income opportunities for farmers.
To export bamboo products to China, Vietnam and other countries, bamboo producers are making arrangements to establish an export-import company.