Augustin Mihigo in charge of Bamboo tree plantations and products in the Ministry of Land and Forestry says that the yellow-green stripped tress have economic importance to develop Rwandans.
” While on other different tree species, it takes 10 years to mature, Bamboo takes only three or four years to harvest and make products of your own choice of art,” he said.
He continued saying that Rwandan Bamboo can be articulated to make some but not all products like made from other three Chinese Bamboo species which already are planted in Rwanda.
’Masaka Business Incubation Center’ executive secretary Diogene Kagango noted that Bamboo in deed makes a lot of products.
“We haven’t advanced in make use of bamboo trees like it is deserved but the trees produce food, medicine, alcohol, cloth,and other different products. The trees have many economic importance including environmental conservation.”
“To make good use of bamboo trees in our own abilities in Rwanda is lower, there is knowledge that Rwandans lack which is why Chinese relatives are helping so that they teach many to make products of them.”
Francine Iradukunda a student that graduated from Masaka Business Incubation Center said she benefited from the education.
“I sell what I make out of the bamboo trees. I have bought two goats from the income, I no longer beg from my parents. In otherwords what I now help myself is a lot,” she said.
She also adds that the market is still small to make more than her monthly income of Rwf30000.
Bamboo tree plant hasn’t attracted attention to see modernized propagation even when it is economically benefitting.
The Ministry of Land and Forestry (Minilaf) has the objective of planting forests on a 30% rate by 2020.