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If bamboo cultivation is embraced by citizens and the government, it is capable of generating sixty billion dollars annually world wide.
These facts were disclosed today by Bamboo and Rattan Farmers Association as it prepares to celebrate World Bamboo Day.
In a statement signed by Hajiya Ladi Abdullahi Kattungu, national secretaryand Chief John Ajie Ogwu, national president ,the association said bamboo could serve as alternative to timber, plastic and cotton.
The association advised state governments and corporate organizations to key into the cultivation and processing of bamboo.
The group said that bamboo products could serve as raw materials for cottage industries and reduce unemployment in the country.
The statement further disclosed that bamboo by it’s nature grows on degraded soil and can be used for reforestation.
The Bamboo and Rattan Farmers Association of Nigeria further disclosed that it was collecting state by state inventory of bamboo aimed at enriching the data base of bamboo spread in Nigeria.
The group said that bamboo Farmers from Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Edo,Delta, Ekiti, Jigawa, Kogi, Nasarawa and Oyo states shall grace the World Bamboo Day in Abuja next week.


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