Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs Association, UKaid and Business Innovation Facility observed World Bamboo Day in Yangon yesterday, raising awareness on the usefulness of bamboo and promoting control of bamboo quality.
Experts from ASEAN countries and India read the research papers on bamboo at the event, sharing the knowledge on best practices for bamboo conservation in Myanmar, which is the third largest bamboo producer in the world.
An expert at the event said that bamboo is a huge business opportunity for the country. But the use of bamboo is still uncommon in the industrial sector of the country and it is needed to remember the conservation of bamboo plantations.
According to U Kyaw Thu, Chairman of the Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs Association, Myanmar trades only about US$10 million a year in bamboo, stressing the need to produce bamboo value-added products.
Experts also urged the government to create a place where many acres of bamboos can be planted as a pilot project to develop the bamboo industry.
The event hopes to create job opportunities through the bamboo industry and progress of the socio-economic life of rural people.
The rural population, which makes up 70 per cent of the country, is depending on bamboo for their business.
About 100 booths of bamboo products were displayed at the event, along with local and foreign experts.—GNLM