Government is to cultivate one thousand hectares of Bamboo annually to create the raw material base to stimulate investment in the Bamboo industry.

This is in line with the one district one factory agenda. Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asumah-Cheremeh, announced this at the 2018 Bamboo and Rattan investment forum in Accra.

He said the Ministry is creating employment avenues and livelihood options for the rural poor within the Bamboo sector.

The forum also coincided with this year’s World Bamboo and Rattan day.

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Kwaku Asumah-Cheremeh Asumah-Cheremeh said the Chinese government through their embassy in Ghana has approved government’s proposal for the construction of a Bamboo and Rattan demonstration centre at Ayi-Mensah to train the youth on the various uses of Bamboo.

He said a training programme has also be scheduled to take place in Ghana between October and November this year to upgrade the skills of over one hundred artisans selected across the country to make them more competitive in the sub region.

The Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie said as part of strategy to promote the Bamboo industry management of the Commission has initiated efforts to create a Bamboo and Rattan unit within it administrative structure.

The rationale is to incorporate the conservation, processing and utilisation as well as the plantation development aspect into routine operational functions of Forest Services Division.

He said the Ghana Forest Plantation Development Strategic Plan has earmarked on a programme to cultivate fifty thousand hectares of Bamboo within the next 25 years.

Story By Felix Coffie

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