Bamboo demand strong despite high price in domestic market

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Bamboo products displayed for sale in a village in Yedashe Township.
Photo: Ko Lwin (Swa)

LOCAL demand for bamboo is maintaining strength even though the price of the bamboo products are currently high in domestic market, said bamboo producers in Yedashe Township, Bago Region.
Depending on size, the current prices of a bamboo are between Ks350 and Ks700. The rise in transportation charges after the last monsoon period is a major reason why the prices of bamboo have steadily increased.
Bamboo traders in the township usually use a river route for transportation in the wet season at a fair price. However, they now transport the forest product by cargo trucks in the non-rainy seasons at a higher price.
Bamboo produced from the forests of the Bago mountain range are used to make marketable retail products. Bamboo is widely used to make beds, chairs and other furniture.   Bamboo chairs and beds are selling well in the village, said one of the sellers residing in Shwethbyay Village near Yangon-Mandalay Road, who sells a bamboo chair for Ks5,000, with a Ks500 discount when the buyer purchases more than one chair.
The price of a bamboo bed is Ks5,000 this year, an increase of Ks1,500 compared with the similar period last year, the seller said.
In Yadashe Township, bamboo product manufacturing is the main business in Hsihsongon, Shwethabyay and Myaukhlwetkon villages. The number of local women engaged in the firms is higher than men.—Ko Lwin (Swa)

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