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  • State Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the local bamboo industry is now poised for growth as a result of years of work to make it sustainable.
  • She says that there is a ready market, locally and abroad, for bamboo products, adding that the industry has benefits that can help boost the economy.
  • The State Minister made the comments while addressing a stakeholders meeting, hosted by the Hanover Bamboo Enterprise Group, at the Merlene Ottey High School, in Hanover.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says the local bamboo industry is now poised for growth as a result of years of work to make it sustainable.

She says that there is a ready market, locally and abroad, for bamboo products, adding that the industry has benefits that can help boost the economy.

“We have now an order for bamboo charcoal, which is a very large (market), in the United States and in Canada, and so this has a great potential for us,” she informed. Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams also noted that there is also a demand for bamboo furniture locally.

The State Minister made the comments while addressing a stakeholders meeting, hosted by the Hanover Bamboo Enterprise Group, at the Merlene Ottey High School, in Hanover, on Friday, May 16.

She commended the group for embarking on the initiative, which is aimed at producing various bamboo products, adding that the ministry is upbeat about the opportunities and economic benefits that can be derived from bamboo.

“We intend that rural Jamaica should also become prosperous and benefit from agricultural products, bamboo and other indigenous products that are here waiting to be developed,” she said.

Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams disclosed that a bamboo industry policy will be promulgated, and that eventually, a Bamboo Institute, is to be established.

Meanwhile, interim President of the Hanover Bamboo Enterprise Group, Llewellyn Rhodes, pointed out that the bamboo plant can be found in abundance in the parish.

He underscored the Government’s support for the establishment of an industry, utilising bamboo in various economic enterprises.