BAMBOO STAKEHOLDERS MEETING.
Kenya Water Towers Agency today held a Stakeholders engagement workshop for Bamboo Investment and Commercialisation feasibility study for the Counties of Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet that have partnered to ensure that bamboo factory is established at Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The workshop was to let the community know the ecological and economical values of bamboos so as to improve livelihoods of communities.
Among the factors considered to make Elgeyo Marakwet suitable include availability of raw materials, good transport system and availability of adequate land.
Commercial benefits for bamboos include furniture, beehives, fabric, paper and toothpicks.
An average of 200 seedlings of giant bamboo can be planted in an acre and if well managed, an acre of bamboo can yield 450, 000 shillings per year per acre.