Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong will grace the first International Bamboo Day celebrations at Busia Agricultural Training Centre tomorrow (Wednesday) starting 9am.
County Chief Officer for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Moses Weunda said preparations for the historic day organized by the County Government in collaboration with Eco Green is complete.
The Chief Officer thanked the Environment Ministry for picking Busia as the inaugural hosts, noting that the County was honoured for emerging the best in the county with the largest acreage (600) under bamboo.
“The growth of bamboo in the county should be embraced; the climate for its growth is conducive, thus the need for farmers to take advantage of favourable climate to increase bamboo growth,” he said.
The chairperson of Eco Green Jacklyne Namadi said they have prepared a demonstration plot at ATC which will host seven different mothering species of bamboo that are doing well in the lower lands; these species will be propagated and planted in other parts of the county.
Ms Namadi said the event will go a long way in creating job opportunities for the youth and women, noting that they have also been working on bamboo propagation and promoting the same to value addition.
Bamboo has several advantages including prevention of soil erosion, production of wood for construction, manufacturing, decoration and as a food source.