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Environment PS Dr. Chris K Kiptoo has vouched for the uptake of Bamboo farming saying it has potential for business ventures.
The PS urged farmers, public and private land owners to grow Bamboo as a long-term investment given their short time to mature and its demand in making a variety of products.
The PS was speaking at Kaptagat Forest, where Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), has set up a bamboo nursery and demonstration site.
He urged KWTA to upscale production of bamboo seedlings to be planted in riparian areas and forest regeneration towards achieving the 10% forest cover.
“Bamboo has potential given the demand for its wood for construction, curving and many other products, its uptake will change fortunes from overreliance on other trees for wood” said the PS.
KWTA Ag Chief Executive Officer Prof. Julius Tanui said the agency will expand bamboo seedling to other counties to encourage Kenyans to start bamboo farming.
Prof. Tunui said KWTA will expand the bamboo nurseries to cover the 50ha site while some of the remaining land will be turned into a bamboo plantation.