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Bamboo offers investors potentially mouth-watering returns.

1/Sep/2014 10:23:45 am
Bamboo offers investors potentially mouth-watering returns.

As the fastest-growing land plant in the world, it can reach 41 ft within a year. Bamboo, which is a type of grass, creates up to 20 times more timber/ha than trees.

With mounting environmental concerns about the lack of sustainable forests, demand for bamboo is soaring. Producers claim they can double investors' money in as little as five years, or grow it fourfold within 15.

EcoPlanet Bamboo recently launched a "bamboo fund" for investors. David Cox, president of EcoPlanet, says: ‘While you must wait at least 25 years for a tree to grow and be harvested, bamboo is ready in less than five years.' A key appeal of bamboo is that it can be used for a wide range of products - from building materials to bio-fuels, and even clothes.

In Nicaragua, and the minimum investment is US$15 000 for 0.25 ha plot on which about 100 plants are grown. Investors are offered a guaranteed return of 7 percent of the amount invested in year one. They receive 8 percent on their initial investment in year two, followed by nine percent in year three. It is not until year four that the bamboo is ready for full harvest. EcoPlanet Bamboo is not the only outfit in this specialist sector. Touchwood, which farms bamboo in Thailand, sells it in grass "clumps". For full story, please see: www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-2005304/Bamboo-offers-green-shoots-opportunity.html

Facts and figures
There are enough commercial and environmental reasons why you should plant bamboo. Statistics show that after planting, one can start harvesting after four years. The solid bamboo can grow up to 24-30 m tall, 20-30 cm diameter, usually 2-2.5 cm thick-walled. Each crump is harvested once or twice a year. The minimum number of nine meters tall poles per harvest is approx. 20 to 35. A three meters pole can sell up to Ksh 2,500.

The solid bamboo can grow up to 6-10 m tall; 6-10 cm in diameter. It is a drought-resistant species of bamboo that can also grow even in savanna woodland, semi-arid wooded grassland and thicket.

Solid bamboo

Strategic planning for the next four years. Remember! Bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world. They can grow up to four inches a day and you can harvest your bamboo forest for over 40 years. To the tea factories! this is your opportunity to develop your own forests and become self sufficient in bio fuel. Bamboo has been used as feed for cattle and other livestock for hundreds of years.


Is this real wealth? Indeed, it is! Apart from enjoying an improved ecosystem, a bamboo floor is now one of the most luxurious of all floors. While it may take over 100 years to replace a hardwood tree such as a Brazilian teak, bamboo reaches full maturity suitable for hardwood applications in about 4 years, and can actually regenerate without replacing or replanting.

In addition, bamboo plays a very valuable environmental role. Its complex root system, can act as a fantastic water filter, removing nutrients and dangerous poisons such as heavy metals and not get it into the food chain. As such, bamboo could have a lot to offer in the slum areas, where it can be used to clean up waste water, including the Nairobi river.

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46 Comment(s)
Richard Munga

am in mombasa kenya and i have some land how do i start bamboo farming

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George Khojallah

I want to start bamboo farming in Bondo. Please advise

Nyambura K

I would love to know more inforamtion about bamboo as i ve idle land in kinangop. Any info ll be highly appreciated.

Zirgham Rana

i have 17.5 acres of bamboo 2 years crop ready to harvest. any body interestd in purchasing the bamboo crop contact me +923006939424

Njuguna

Are you worried that you posses arable land that is idle? Go-Bamboo. Keep the tax man away by planting bamboo. Its greener, its solid, its real wealth. We have over 2.5 million seedlings. The prices are as low as Ksh 200 and Ksh 80 for very large consignments. Contact Kitil Farm on 0787456156 or 0722729630 email kitlfarm@gmail.com

joseph chirchir

To Kitil farm: Thanks for the information on the bamboo farm. I have one acre that is idle in kuresoi and intend to keep it busy with bamboo. My conversation with you over the phone was quite helpful. keep in touch

alexanderbiy

We wish to purchase 250 acres land for Bamboo project at Sondu river division in Kirenget division-MoloDistrict.Kenya The project is commercial.

Wanjiru

what type of soil do bamboos need to grow. Would it be wise to plant bamboo in an arid land

Ann

Hallo, I am really interested in this project. Been doing some digging on bamboo growing and would like an experienced person to take me through everything there is about this tafadhali. Email is (anntibira@gmail.com).

Apton Enteri

Is the bamboo really solid or is it just a name. I visited Karura Forest and they told me all bamboos have a hole in them. How big is each bamboo stem? Is it 24 - 30m tall with 20-30cm diameter or 6-10m tall with 6-10cm diameter? Which is more profitable: The giant bamboo or the 'solid' bamboo? Please advice.

Pastor David Orinda Otieno

Can I grow it in Burundi and Export it to Kenya? To earn Burundians some foreign exchange

Erick Ngosia

I am planning to plant bamboo trees somewhere in Kitale in one acre of land. Please give more information and seedlings

Kitil farm

Dear reader, Thank you for your interest in bamboo farming. If you have any query on this article and specifically bamboo farming and the availability of seedlings, please contact me on Kitilfarm@gmail.com or 0722729630

Njeri Mugwe

Dear sir/madam, i have read the article on bamboo farming with much interest.I have access to a piece of idle land in Narok and would like to put it into some good use of bamboo farming. Please give me information on basic bamboo farming and seedling availability of the same. Thank you very much for quick response

Hortinews

Please contact Kitili Farm on kitilifarm@gmail.com or call them on 0722729630

atanas mzee

This is quite interesting

peter kasalu

Advice if it is possible to farm bamboo in yatta where rainfall is low

Dennis

can i farm bamboo in Kajiado county?

Flora Katembo

can i grow bamboo in Mombasa? which is the local and international market?

David Otieno

A very good article. How can I get the fast growing bamboo seedlings?

jamesmnjagi

i would like to start bamboo farming this coming October, please advise me on the best type of bamboo for bio fuel targeting tea factories. How many stumps per acre and the cost.

GILBERT

These are great news.Recently I read an article in the Daily Nation about MwICIGI Njuguna who has a bamboo nursery in Isenya,Kajiado.

Kindly assist me with his mobile no.I'm also interested in bamboo farming.Where's the market thereafter?

Kipkorir

Hi, i can see its catching up alot of attention,Kitil firm, i would suggest form a club for bamboo and within five years from next poll the counry should never imprt anything related to bamboo. Kindly dispatch management documents online:Issues relating to establishments eg fertilizers,optimum soil type for max growth and harvest,general care etc. Kind regards

Erick

I want to start bamboo farming in Ugenya. Please advise

RUTH MACHARIA

Wonderful. Thank you for that good information. I have a piece of land in Embu and would like to plant the Bamboo trees as fast as it is possible.Please advise me what I need to plant one acre of land ie the budget.Will it do well in Embu county.

Mwangi

Hi. I have tried a few giant bamboos in Kiserian and they are doing quite well. Can someone advise the available Kenyan market for commercial growing of bamboo

Dan K.

Great article. Thanks for the info',for this will create a good oppportunnity for reclaiming and rehabilitating the unutilised land. How available are the seedlings and their cost.(Area of interest- the semi arid regions of Koibatek, baringo county)Thanks

JOHN NDAMBUKI KIMONDIU

please advise me whether bamboo farming can do well in makueni and give me more information about bamboo farming.

muya ngatia

I would like to put a few acres on bomboo next april.Pls can you get me the tel number of Njuguna at Isinya

Kamau

Hi, Mwangi from kiserian get in contact with me soonest on 0721696747 anyone who knows where i can get bamboo poles 6-1 year old with a diameter of about 1 inch

Millicent Ochieng

This sounds interesting. I have been thinking of how to solve the problem of river bank cultivation along Nzoia River and after reading this article plus other associated ones in the internet believes bamboo farming provides an opportunity. Please advise me on the best species to plant along this river (Siaya County Section) and where can I procure the seedlings. Plus if you know of any place I can seek for funding to help me kick start this project.

sylvia munyei

Am in ongata rongai,kajiado county and l would like to know if bamboo farming is ok in this area.thnx

Daroda

We are Selling the Bamboo growing handbook at Ksh 500 per unit. If interested contact us by mail.

Robert

A very useful information there. I have a source of indigenous bamboo poles. If you need to be supplied with the same contact 0727897593 for more information. Thanks

Mathew ochieng

Am intrested in planting bamboo for commercial use

Grace

my name is Grace Nakuru, l have read your website and l had a plan on making toothpicks on bomboo here in Nakuru and then l found the machine was very expensive, how can you advice me?

kamau

i want to plant some bamboo trees. i stay in mombasa so i would like to know the right variety. Also i would like to know the price for seedlings and where is the best market for the bamboo.

Anne

Thank you fo this article. I wish to grow bamboo for commercial purposes in Machokos in a dry area. Please advise neon the best species that will do well there and where I can get the seedlings. Urgent please. Thanks

Miguel Angel Fuentes Erenas

We are looking for clients to buy our future productions from Galicia (Spain) in bamboo crops. miguelangel@bosquedebambu.es

Karanja Kelvin

I am interested in planting bamboo in Nyahururu for commercial purposes. Kindly send me more details

RUTURAJ

i want to bamboo farming help me

Leah Wangui

I am selling bamboo flooring materials at a very affordable price.If you are dong construction of any sort or a home developer, kindly contact me through this number 0718426581 for more details.

jackson karuku

Hi, i would like to plant bamboos at maimahiu, please advise me if the place would be suitable.Tank you.

Francesca

Kitil Farm: We sending for several seedlings to be planted in Trans Nzoia and UG county please advice on fertilizer requirements. Thanks

Maheson Murugan

I like to join as an investor partner. I live in Canada

Tempes

interesting article, where is the market?. Are there any willing investors? I have a bamboo producing land in the rift valley

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