Bamboo annually earns US$5 million

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Bamboo binds are sorted beside the road for sale in Mawlamyingyun Township. Photo: Supplied

Myanmar’s bamboo annually earns US$5 million, said U Ohn Win, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
The Union Minister made the remarks at a World Bamboo Day event held at the Excel River View Hotel on Monday in Thanlyin Township.
Myanmar’s income from bamboo is less than that of China and Thailand. China’s bamboo production fetches US$36 billion, he said. There are over 1.7 million hectares of bamboo in Bago Yoma Mountain, Rakhine Yoma Mountain and Taninthayi Region. Myanmar is still endeavouring to systematically manage bamboo farms to be able to produce marketable bamboo products. Myanmar’s bamboo products are exported to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore and South Korea. Myanmar initiated the Sustainable Development Project for Bamboo Resources in cooperation with the Thailand International Cooperation Agency in 2016. The project will be implemented up to 2018.
Some bamboo products—bamboo charcoal, bamboo fishing rods, and bamboo shoots cannot be exported due to a lack of packaging techniques. If suitable packing methods can be upgraded, large volumes of bamboo shoots can be shipped because there is adequate demand, the ministry said. But industrial development is required to improve the bamboo market. Currently, only bamboo baskets are exported, said U Kyaw Thu, the chairman of Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs Association. Natural bamboo forests also need to be preserved, and a bamboo farming zone should be established, officials said. To keep up with Thailand’s and China’s bamboo exports, building a factory for bamboo products is a must, he continued.

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