About one hundred artisans in bamboo and rattan processing across the country, are undergoing one month intensive course on bamboo development technology.
The programme which is jointly sponsored by the ministry of commerce in China and that of lands and natural resources in Ghana, is tailored to better match existing production equipment and technology and allow more practitioners in the industry, to have the opportunity to learn more techniques of Chinese bamboo and rattan processing.
This will also offer the trainees the opportunity to use bamboo species judiciously and also help cover more people by way knowledge acquisition instead of sending a few people to China every year for the program.
Addressing the trainees during the opening ceremony at Akyawkrom near Ejisu in the Ashanti region, the Chinese ambassador to Ghana H.E Shi Ting Wang, reiterated China’s support to Ghana in the area of bamboo and rattan seedlings and planting as well as processing and export expansion. He said China would in close collaboration with Africa countries to focus on the implementation of eight major initiatives in the next three years and beyond; this he said include construction of China African bamboo development center to help the industry.
Mr shi Ting Wang also talked about construction of bamboo and rattan processing center which is being built by China government at Ayi Mensa in Accra.
Meanwhile, a deputy minister for lands and natural resources Hon Benito Owusu Bio bemoaned the need to use bamboo as major alternative to wood considering the alarming rate at which deforestation in the country and the high demand for wood and its products .
In his address the country director for international bamboo and rattan organization (INBAR) Mr Michael Kwaku, noted that bamboo could serve as a potential rescue to the ailing timber industry and also be a source of employment generation for the youth.
He therefore urged the trainees to transfer knowledge acquired to other artisans who did not get the opportunity to be part of the training programme.