Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The CS Keriako Tobiko and PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo sampling some of the value added bamboo products that were being exhibited at the Michuki Park during the World Bamboo Day.

The CS Keriako Tobiko and PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo sampling some of the value added bamboo products that were being exhibited at the Michuki Park during the World Bamboo Day.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, has said the governmemt will scale up growing of bamboo across the country towards  actualization of bamboo commercialization.

The CS has said bamboo growing is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s priority and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)has been permitted to import 4.5 tonnes of seeds to produce seedlings needed for bamboo growing in the country.
The CS was speaking during the celebration to mark the ​World Bamboo Day at Michuki Memorial Park in Nairobi, he said  the government has taken up bamboo as a priority, and that relevant agencies and ministries have been instructed by the President to ensure its commercialized.
“The Late Hon. John Michuki knew the importance of bamboo species to clearing the mess in our waters,’’ said Tobiko.
He said that the ministry of Enviroment will finalize the National Bamboo Policy in the next 30 days which will be submitted to the cabin, and noted that the policy will help in  chain value addition and give incentives for more bamboo growing and goods production.
Following the Cabinet sanctioning the classification and designation of Bamboo as a scheduled crop under the Crop Act (No.16 of 2013), and the order by president Uhuru Kenyatta to foster the commercialization of Bamboo plants, and as part of the Administration’s Greening Campaign, which seeks to achieve a minimum ten per cent tree cover by the end of the year 2020, the CS said that this will address restrictions in regards harvesting, processing and market issues in regard to bamboo.
He called on KEFRI to build capacity, raise awareness and give incentives to attract bamboo farming , he underscored the importance of bamboo terming it as a miracle plant which has immense benefits such as cleaning and protecting of riparian areas, balancing of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, hence mitigating climate change.
Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo urged the Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA) to scale up seedlings production at the Kaptagat Forest Bamboo demonstration site to provide seedlings for the 10 percent campaign and the intended national tree planting marathon to reach the world Guinness book of records.
He added that he will loop in the private sector to build capacity for the bamboo sector, especially the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), so as to be self sufficient to supply bamboo products instead of Kenyans importing.
KEFRI Director Dr. Joshua Cheboiwo said  the institution will work with other agencies to mainstream bamboo growing in the counties to enable Kenyans  exploit the great benefits of bamboo.
The theme for this year is “Sustaining Kenya the bamboo way” during the event over 1000 bamboo seedlings were planted along the Nairobi River.
World Bamboo Day is celebrated globally every 18th of September.
The declaration was passed during the 8th World Bamboo Congress held in Bangkok in 2009.
KWTA board Chairman Julius Malombe said the crop will assist conservation of critical water towers in the country.
Also present during the event included KFS Deputy CCF Mr. Patrick Kariuki ,NEMA Board Chair John Konchella, National Environment Complains Committee Secretary Dr. John Chumo members of the Bamboo Association of Kenya, and representatives from MEF SAGAs, among others.
Environment CS and PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo team up to plant a bamboo seedling at Michuki Memorial Park to commemorate the World Bamboo Day. Over 1000 bamboo seedling were planted a long Nairobi River to mark the day.

Environment CS and PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo team up to plant a bamboo seedling at Michuki Memorial Park to commemorate the World Bamboo Day. Over 1000 bamboo seedling were planted a long Nairobi River to mark the day.

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