GHANA URGED TO STEP UP EFFORTS TO INCREASE BAMBOO, RATTAN PRODUCTION

Ghana has been urged to scale up efforts to increase bamboo and rattan production in the country to serve as alternative raw materials to timber and help save its forests.

The call came from Michael Kwaku, the Director of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), an independent inter-governmental organization, who says the Steering Committee of the Bamboo and Rattan Development Programme (BARADEP) of Ghana should get its act together.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region (Province), about 3250 kilometres northwest of here, that the committee needed to aggressively encourage the setting up of more bamboo plantations by the various communities in Ghana.

There could not be any doubt that Ghana has good policies and programmes to boost bamboo and rattan production and what is needed is to effectively implement them to achieve the intended outcomes.

Noting that the Ghanaian government had promised to establish 1,000 hectares of bamboo and rattan plantations every year, he said it must do do everything necessary to make this happen.

Kwaku also said a pledge to foster a strong partnership with the Chinese government to train Ghanaians to fully exploit the potential of the bamboo business must also be carried through.

He pointed out that if things were done properly, the sector could create thousands of jobs for the people. Currently, the bamboo and rattan business in Ghana employs about 1,500 people.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK