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山东11选5技巧稳赚登入:Ugandan bamboo farmer reaps his rewards

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-04-06 09:30
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申博极速百家乐官网 Having taught at Uganda's prestigious Makerere University for decades, retired Andrew Tumusiime made a bold decision to enter the forestry business in his hometown in the southwestern part of the country.

Returning to Kabale, Tumusiime planted a bamboo nursery bed, hoping that people would buy the seedlings from him. However, finding clients was challenging, so he decided to plant the seedlings himself.

"At first, I took it as a joke, but then I realized it was good business. I turned my energy to research until I landed on websites which explained the impact of bamboo growing in China," Tumusiime said.

To obtain further information about bamboo planting, Tumusiime joined the Uganda Bamboo Association, some members of which had acquired knowledge about bamboo farming from China.

The association, according to one of its leaders Flavia Munaba, brings related organizations and community members together to share information, resources and technology in growing and adding value to bamboo.

Munaba, who joined the bamboo industry after a trip to China in 2011, said the association has more than 300 members.

The association organizes demonstrations for members showing them how to plant bamboo and also helps them to understand the economic benefits of the crop.

"This association of bamboo growers has great people. They are not selfish when it comes to sharing the knowledge they learned from China," Tumusiime said.

After a decadelong endeavor, Tumusiime's bamboo business has thrived. He was one of the exhibitors at the recent Harvest Money Expo 2022 in Kampala, one of Uganda's largest agricultural exhibitions.

During the expo, Tumusiime's booth showed various bamboo products such as toothpicks, chairs and tables, as well as mortars and pestles.

He said many customers who came to his exhibition stand were awed by the products made out of bamboo.

"This is amazing. The toothpicks I have known all my life are made in China. I like innovation and maybe in the future I will consider planting bamboo," Ritah Nanyonjo, one of the customers, said after visiting Tumusiime's stall at the expo.

"I have also seen some liquid soap and other herbs made out of bamboo. This is great news for our country," Nanyonjo said.

James Kariuki, a Kenyan national who attended the exhibition, said he was inspired by Tumusiime's work.

"He has told us that once you plant bamboo, you can start harvesting after three to four years. This harvesting goes on for the next 50 years and even longer," Kariuki said.

"I will definitely use part of my land to grow bamboo. Tumusiime has also referred me to some websites which talk about the importance of bamboo and how the Chinese have done wonderful things with this plant," Kariuki added.

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