BAMBOO matting is in danger of going out of business in Tatkon due to a public loss of interest in bamboo matting produce and increasing labour shortages.
The soaring price of bamboo used for matting and shortages of skilled labour are likely to push business out of operation, said U Aung Than who runs a bamboo matting business in Tatkon Township.
Bamboo matting is mainly used in the construction of fences, storage huts and barns. Currently, there are about ten bamboo matting businesses in the township. A single-layer bamboo matting is sold for K140 per square foot, and a double-layer bamboo matting for K200 per square foot.
The labour shortages being suffered in the town are reportedly due to skilled workers going abroad in search of higher income.
Thet Oo (Thaton)