THE ROLE OF AGRICULTURE IN BAMBOO INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT REYNALDO H. LEGASTE Provincial Agricultural Officer South Cotabato
One of the oldest building materials known to humanity
Used in China for over 5000 years
China – known as Kingdom of Bamboo
Ancient China used bamboo for making books, food, paper, etc
Vegetative architecture – perennial woody plants but its stems known as culms live only for 5-10 years and need to be replaced.
Philippines has recorded a total of 62 species but there is no reliable inventory of available erect bamboos nationwide
Phil has only about 52,000 ha of land planted with bamboos today with hardly any replanting accdg to Phil Bamboo foundation (PBF)
With china running out of bamboo within five years, opening a huge opportunity for Filipino farmers nationwide to tap the 8 billion US global dollars global market for bamboo products.
During the last four years, the PBF have been rallying to put up a commercial bamboo forests or big bamboo plantations thru Rotary meetings.
Full government support for financing and technical help was assured by Edgardo Manda, general manager of Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) if and when organized farmers’ groups and agro-industrial firms decide to invest in the commercial farm production of bamboos
Export potential for bamboo-based products like handicrafts, furniture and furnishings in global markets remained as strong as ever in developed countries like US and Europe.
Philippine bamboo handicrafts averaged about 368 M USD while bamboo furniture turns in about 2M USD in annual export earnings.
Food - Phil made snacks and candies made from bamboo shoots recently won the top prize in an international competition adjudged by world class panel that included Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and other renowned personalities. (Bamsnacks candy and chips)
Grated and boiled bamboo shoots as food sold as P30 per kg
Economic Potential BAMBOO TILES
Production Technology and processes Nursery techniques Selection and preparation of planting stock Potting
ROLE OF AGRICULTURE
Plantation establishment Site selection Site preparation Planting Plantation maintenance and production