Why versatile bamboo deserves more attention

Posted on :Monday , 24th October 2016

 Over the last couple of years, bamboo has been at the centre of discussions as the future of Kenya. It has been referred to as the miracle crop that can change the way agriculture operates in the country, bringing vast returns as well as benefits to the environment.

The truth is that bamboo’s image is undergoing a transformation. Some now call it “the timber of the 21st century”.
The crop is the new super material, with uses in textiles and construction, among others. It also has the potential to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, the biggest greenhouse gas, and provide some of the world’s poorest people with cash.
Today, you can buy a pair of bamboo socks or use it as a fully load-bearing structural beam in your house. It is said there are some 1,500 uses for bamboo.
There is a rapidly growing recognition of the ways in which bamboo can serve us as consumers and also help to save the planet from the effects of climate change because of its unrivalled capacity to capture carbon.
Although bamboo has been a very popular crop in Asia, it was not that popular in Africa until recently.


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