Ogun Govt Asks Farmers,Investors To Invest In Production Of Bamboo - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, July 24, 2023

Ogun Govt Asks Farmers,Investors To Invest In Production Of Bamboo

Ogun State Government has asked  farmers and other prospective investors to take advantage of  commercial potential of bamboo plantation by investing in its production,  instead of focusing on timber plantation alone.
The Permanent Secretary of the, 
State Ministry of Forestry, Mr. Timothy Olatunji who made the call during the commencement of the bamboo plantation at Ilaro forest reserve Ipake, Yewa South Local Government Area , expressed the State Government's readiness to tap into the economic value of bamboo production, to improve the economy of the state.

He said bamboo production could improve the economy and also provide a source of livelihood for the interested farmers and investors in the state 

According to him, bamboo production can be used for the construction of houses, making of furniture, medical purposes, and firewood.
"Bamboo plantation is one of the non-timber aspects of forestry which has a lot of economic value, such as the use of bamboo for construction of storey buildings instead of Scaffolding and the making of furniture," he revealed 
 ‘’Bamboo plantation can also be used to reclaim the land that had been degraded, where excavation of sand had taken place’’,Olatunji further said


Contributing, the Director of Forestry, Non-Timber, Forest Programmes, Wild Life and Eco-Tourism Department, Dr. Gbotemi Adeleye said the Ministry is targeting to plant 2400 bamboo ( bambusa valgaris) for the year.
Dr. Adeleye also revealed that bamboo has been contributing to the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state, with the potential to yield more.


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