Myanmar bam­boo grow­ers ris­ing steadily

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - MYAT MOE AUNG my­at­moeaung@mm­times.com

MYANMAR bam­boo farm­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing re­newed growth as more peo­ple be­come in­ter­ested in the busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to the leader of a lo­cal bam­boo busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tion.

U Kyaw Thu, chair­man of the Myanmar Rat­tan and Bam­boo En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion, said that a few years ago there were only tra­di­tional bam­boo farms in Kawhmu and Kungyan­gon in Yan­gon Re­gion, Myanaung in Aye­yarwady Re­gion, and Kyaikto and Tha­ton in Mon State, but now there are more than 100 bam­boo farms in the coun­try.

“Grow­ers are ap­ply­ing to plant bam­boo in forested ar­eas, but we still need to or­gan­ise to de­velop this sec­tor, and I hope we will have 1000 bam­boo farms,” he said.

Myanmar bam­boo grow­ers are still fac­ing chal­lenges be­cause bam­boo prod­ucts are very ex­pen­sive.

While these prod­ucts can be ex­ported, lo­cal bam­boo is not good enough to meet the de­mands of the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Bam­boo farm­ers need to know how to grow qual­ity bam­boo.

“We need to de­velop the in­dus­try step by step, If we want to get into the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket, we need to be par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional exhibitions,” said U Kyaw Thu.

The gov­ern­ment and bam­boo busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions ear­lier this week gath­ered to cel­e­brate the third an­nual World Bam­boo Day at the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Hall at Yan­gon Univer­sity.

The event of­fered an op­por­tu­nity for bam­boo en­trepreneurs to ex­hibit their prod­ucts and ex­change ideas, fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing sus­tain­able, re­spon­si­ble and in­clu­sive growth of the in­dus­try, shar­ing knowl­edge and pro­mot­ing di­a­logue, and mak­ing new busi­ness con­tacts.

Tom Cow­ard, se­nior econ­o­mist and growth team leader of the Bri­tain’s Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment, said, “The global bam­boo mar­ket is es­ti­mated to grow by over 10 per­cent in the next 10 years and could be worth over US$10 bil­lion (K15.86 tril­lion) by 2027. Myanmar is well placed to be part of this story.”

U Kyaw Thu em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of the gov­ern­ment and pub­lic sec­tors work­ing to­gether for the bam­boo in­dus­try to thrive.

Photo; Myat Moe Aung

A bam­boo farm in the Myanmar coun­try­side.

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