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What are the various types of bamboo plantations?
  1. Homestead farms
  2. Commercial Plantations
  3. Agro forestry
  4. Conservation Programmes

Homestead farms

The widespread cultivation and use of bamboo in homestead farms around Kenya can be very economically and environmentally beneficial inasmuch as it creates a wood and energy substitute for trees.

Commercial Plantations

A well defined structure and a selection of crops that is cultivated mainly for generating economic gain.

Agro forestry

An agrarian practice of cultivation of woody species in combination with agricultural crops and/or animals on the same land management unit. Agro forestry systems are driven by economic and ecological goals.

Conservation Programmes

Bamboos can be integrated in forestry programs, primarily as fast growing woody species that can generate a green canopy in a short period of time. In forest environments, bamboo provides many environmental benefits, especially in relation to erosion control and protection of soil.

Should I plant more than one bamboo species?

There are enough scientific reasons why we encourage you to plant more than one species of bamboo. This is important in order to avoid the dangers of plant monoculture and to recognize that various bamboo species do well in certain areas, and others do best in the right ecological zones. If done correctly, bamboo can contribute to providing sufficient biomass, restoring degraded land whilst providing sustainable industries and livelihood development.

Can a bamboo plantation alleviate poverty?

A plantation of bamboo can be a sustainable source of Wealth. Bamboo will grow even in the poorest of all soils and without systematic need for management. A houseld can use manure to sustain the crop. Bamboo is an amazing and versatile, rapidly renewable resource. When bamboo is harvested, it will continue to grow new shoots from its amazing root system. Depending on the size of the investement, a plantation size of 1 hectare can provide work and income for a whole family. 100 hectares and above, could provide sufficient bamboo for local cottage industries, small size industry, charcoal, biomass, and furniture makers. 1000 hectares and above can supply high quality raw material to a pulp mill, plywood factory or tea factory. An acre of land will take 244 seedlings. A seedling cost Ksh 200 but discount of Ksh 180 is given for 1000 seedlings and above.