Bamboo industry to benefit farmers

Farmers in Tharaka Nithi County have been urged to plant bamboo trees in the riparian areas to provide raw materials for a cottage industry to be established in Kanwa market in Chuka Igambang’ombe sub-county.

The County Forest Conservator, Benjamin Kinyili has said that the industry would also serve farmers in Embu and Meru counties.

He said that the industry would go a long way in uplifting living standards of resident by providing jobs and income for farmers.

Kinyili who was speaking at Kaanwa market on Wednesday said that old bamboo materials in the Mt. Kenya forest would also be sold to the factory to earn revenue for the government.

He said farmers who had land on riparian areas should take advantage of planting bamboo which he said would also help in conserving water resources.

The conservator also cautioned people living in lower parts of the county against felling trees for charcoal burning, saying that those found would be arrested and prosecuted.

Source: Kenya News Agency