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Bamboo Business: Myanmar Bamboo Society Provides Technical Assistance

10 January 2018

To raise awareness of environmental conservation and for the socio-economic development of rural area, Myanmar Bamboo Society offered a bamboo handicraft vocational training in Nay Pyi Taw.

Myanmar Bamboo Society is founded also to help those in bamboo-related business build capacity. The society provides technical assistance and training and also helps bamboo growing.  The quality bamboo and its related raw materials are facing lack in Myanmar and need to conserve sustainability and raising awareness program. Myanmar faces shortage of quality bamboo resulting in the decline of quality products.

Chairman, Myanmar Bamboo Society, Kyaw Winn said “Now, most of the people are very interested in Bamboo business. Our society distributes bamboo seeds and saplings both to members and non-member. So far, we distributed about 40 million saplings. To make quality products, we need quality bamboo – we’ve been working on it. Also, we need to try to export both quality raw materials and finishing products.”

Myanmar has the 3rd largest bamboo area in the world and researches are underway for the bamboo industry.

Assistance Research Officer, Forest Research Institute, Yezin, Aung Soe said “In our country Myanmar, bamboo is mainly used as a temporary thing. There’re researches and we are trying to get long lasting bamboo products, using hydrogen peroxide. The technology has been used for 5 years now. We also share our technologies with NGOs and CSOs.”

This is the 7th edition training covering many courses including how to keep bamboo to last long as well as handicraft, furniture and building structure design.

Trainee, Ayeyawaddy Region, Kyaw Htoo said “We have learnt household utensils making, how to keep bamboo products to last long and many others. In rural areas, most of the houses are made of bamboo. In fact, bamboo making is hard and difficult.”

Since 2015, Myanmar Bamboo society has been sharing innovative concepts helping promote a more equitable, wide-ranging and sustainable Myanmar.