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Government looks into wide scale bamboo planting

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:20 AM

The Government is looking into the feasibility of using mined-out bauxite lands for the wide-scale planting of bamboo, and the growing of edible bamboo shots.



State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says discussions towards this effort, are underway between her Ministry and the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.



She says the aim is to tap into the lucrative international market for bamboo products, which is valued at US$270 million.



The Industry State Minister was speaking recently at the opening of Jamaica’s first organic bamboo charcoal factory on Nelson’s Super Farm in Pembroke Hall, St Mary.



Ffolkes-Abrahams welcomed the opening of the charcoal plant, noting that it is part of efforts by the Government to develop an indigenous bamboo industry.



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