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Research On Uses of Bamboo "The Miracle Grass"
« on: October 22, 2008, 07:12:47 PM »
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza is calling for more research on other possible uses of bamboo to help expand market potential of this plant which he calls "the miracle grass."

"Let's really study bamboo -- it's among the strongest and most resilient plants on earth," he said Wednesday during the opening of the three-day National Bamboo Development Forum which Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and its partners are holding at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City.

LLDA aims to generate from the forum updated data on worldwide bamboo resources, industries and markets as well as inputs for a national development program for this grass.

Atienza noted bamboo's characteristics make it an ideal material for construction and watershed rehabilitation including addressing soil erosion.

Bamboo is also eaten as food, made into furniture and handicraft while its extract might be used to cure cough, he continued.

"In China, I even saw clothes made from bamboo," he recalled.

Atienza also believes the country must hike research on bamboo as this grass thrives nationwide.

"The Philippines is among the few countries where bamboo is adapted to," he noted. - PNA

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Re: Research On Uses of Bamboo "The Miracle Grass"
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 09:40:06 PM »
everything that they are saying about bamboo is really old news. nothing new here. if government people should start something really new, then they should start planting bamboo in places where there are bamboo-based industries like bohol that makes a lot of cottage industry products that are made from bamboo. all river banks should also be planted to bamboo to address continuing soil erosion and the consequent siltation that it brings. to make a difference from past endeavors, they should ensure that bamboos planted are sustained to ensure they reach full growth and maturity... in the late 80s the DTI even initiated a similar drive but nothing came of it. i hope this renewed interest in bamboo will not end as ningas-cogon.




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