June 20th , 2024



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The expansion of the bamboo and rattan industries is being supported by the queenmothers, according to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Forest Plantation Development Fund.

In this regard, the ministry organized a 2-day training on developing capacity for Asanteman queenmothers on the economic potential of the bamboo and rattan industries as well as on ways to create jobs.

The goal was to include the traditional leaders in bamboo and rattan plantations in order to create jobs and provide an alternative to wood.


Speaking to the queenmothers, Benito Owusu-Bio, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Forests, noted that the bamboo and rattan plantations offered several commercial options, particularly bamboo, which he claimed was a sustainable material.

rapid substitution of wood goods for timber.

More than 1,000 different wood products could be made from bamboo, he claimed, and he urged the queenmothers to completely support and participate in the scheme.

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He said that after being successfully tested in the Ashanti Region, the plantation will be expanded to other regions, where the queenmothers will be encouraged to start similar plantations for bamboo and rattan.

He said that the money will help the queenmothers grow 10 acres of bamboo as compensation for the pilot. Products

According to Mr. Owusu-Bio, bamboo may be used to make a variety of goods, including furniture, plywood, toilet paper, toothpicks, sanitary pads, bags, charcoal, and tools for building projects.

According to him, bamboo and rattan production in the nation has enormous potential and, if it is successful, will relieve strain on the nation's remaining limited supply of forested land.


The Mampongheema, Nana Agyakoma Difie II, who presided over the event, expressed gratitude to the government for including them in the initiative to plant bamboo and rattan, and on behalf of the Asanteman queenmothers, he vowed their complete support for the project's successful completion.

She said that after hearing a presentation on the benefits of bamboo, the organization understood its significance and would, as a result, support the initiative to both provide jobs for its members and protect the environment.

Technical leader

In explaining the project's justification, Joseph Osiakwan, Technical Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, stated that throughout the years, queenmothers had been marginalised in all of the ministry's operations, particularly those that included

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