Growers in Ayeyawady to expand profitable bamboo plantations

Growers in a village located in Mawlamyinegyun Township in Ayeyawady Region plan to develop bamboo plantations on a commercial scale starting from the cold season, local bamboo producers say.

The business plan comes from a programme implemented by local producer U Htet Hsan, who has developed two kinds of marketable bamboo species since 2013 with successful outcomes. The project encourages other farmers to develop bamboo plantations on a commercial scale.

Bamboo remains an essential product for residents. Those in rural areas use the giant woody grass for construction material, furniture and implements.

Ko Zaw Zaw Win, a bamboo dealer, said local people need bamboo products in a number of segments. Sometimes evergreen plants are bought from other villages because of increasing demand, he said.

Residents from Phaya Village in the township habitually use bamboo to build their homes. Currently, there is only one bamboo grower across the village. The price of bamboo is between Ks500 and Ks600.

Bamboo is a subfamily of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, and is also used in traditional medicine for treating infections and promoting healing.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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