Growing bamboo is being seriously promoted in Negros Occidental as it could provide another source of livelihood for farmers as well as entrepreneurs who process the bamboo poles into various products that are in demand in the market.
The interest in bamboo was very evident during the the 26th Panaad Sa Negros Festival from April 8 to 14, 2019, an annual event where all the towns and cities of the province showcased their products and services. It was a big trade fair where the farmers, entrepreneurs, traders, the consumers and other stakeholders made business transactions.
At the Bamboo Village, different bamboo products that include engineered bamboo like tiles for home construction, furniture, decorative items, handicrafts, utensils and more were showcased. Also exhibited were the equipment for processing bamboo poles.
During the festival, there were daily lectures and demonstrations on different aspects of the bamboo business. On the first day, Bamboo Design Clinic was conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry. On the next day, DTI conducted a Bamboo Business Forum, followed by Bamboo Weaving Training on Day 3, April 10. Training on Bamboo Utensils Making was held on April 11, followed by a workshop on Bamboo Shoots Preservation and Food Preparation on April 12.
The beauty about bamboo is that it can be grown in many places in the province. What is needed is an honest-to-goodness support by the provincial government, the Department of Agriculture, the DTI and other public and private agencies.Research and extension of technologies should be a continuing process. Market development should also be given serious attention.
Below are samples of various Bamboo products.