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  • The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce will be spearheading a bamboo development strategy, to facilitate the establishment of bamboo factories.
  • Zone one will consist of Hanover, Westmoreland and St. James, with focus on producing bamboo board and furniture, and bamboo charcoal.
  • Currently, the bamboo industry is worth an estimated US$12 billion globally, and is expected to be worth some US$20 billion by 2015.

The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce will be spearheading a bamboo development strategy, to facilitate the establishment of bamboo factories in various zones throughout Jamaica.

This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, during her contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18.

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said Zone one will consist of Hanover, Westmoreland and St. James, with focus on producing bamboo board and furniture, and bamboo charcoal.

“We are in discussions with the Ministry of Local Government to establish a factory under the Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) project, with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA),” she noted.

The State Minister said Zone two will comprise St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas, with factories producing edible bamboo shoots, bamboo charcoal, and preserved bamboo sticks.

Zone three, she said, will consist of St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon, with factories producing bamboo saw dust pellets, bamboo shipping pallets, preserved bamboo yam sticks, bamboo charcoal, water and air filters.

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams pointed out that Zone four will include St. Elizabeth and Manchester, with factories producing edible bamboo shoots, bamboo charcoal, preserved bamboo yam sticks, and bamboo power generation.

“Inclusive development with bamboo has provided secured livelihoods for many thousands of rural producers on all continents. The same can be done for Jamaica. Our vast resource of bamboo and underdeveloped or marginalized lands provide significant potential for economic advancement through job creation and poverty reduction,” the State Minister said.

Meanwhile, a collaborative project among the Jamaica Agricultural Society Commercial Enterprise Limited, the Jamaica Agricultural Society and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce will see the establishment of a 20-kiosk proto-type Farmers Market and a house, using bamboo as the main construction material, on the Denbigh show grounds this year.

“The objective is to provide a permanent market venue for farmers at the Denbigh Show grounds this year,” Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams said.

Currently, the bamboo industry is worth an estimated US$12 billion globally, and is expected to be worth some US$20 billion by 2015.

In Jamaica, there is an estimated 47,000 hectares of bamboo growing across the country.