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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

To harness the untapped goldmine called Bamboo,Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Osun State has entered into a partnership with the Bamboo Science Innovations (BSI), France to explore the economic, developmental and research benefits of Bamboo plants which have the potential demand of 63 million tons valued at over US$10b by the year 2027 globally.

Making presentations to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Olayanju on these benefits, the CEO of Bamboo Science Innovations (BSI) and World Bamboo Ambassador for France, Dr Jean-Luc Kouyoumji connecting via Skype noted that Nigeria has the largest repository of Bamboo collections in Africa and his organization would be willing to partner with the University to harness the untapped goldmine called Bamboo.

He described BSI as a non-profit organisation established in 2007 with over 2,000 experts in 45 countries also revealed that BSI has been involved in various Bamboo projects, including technical assessments, housing, composite materials amongst others.

In his statistics of the global bamboo market, Nigeria reports 26.8 million tons of growing stock on 1.5 million hectares of land and it is used for flooring, decking, PP, OSB, plywood, lathed, composite materials and fibrous for insulating.

Bamboo according to Dr Kouyoumji, is used to produce over 1000 paper pulp and byproducts, charcoal, pellet, biofuel, pyrolysis, handicraft, furniture decoration, adding that the benefits inherent in its value chain for viable economic growth makes it a very productive plant because of its high-speed growth, versatility in terms of rapid renewal, and broad range of livelihood applications.

In his response after the presentation, the Vice-Chancellor stated that the coming of BSI at this time is apt, noting the University’s resolve to widen its tentacles to accommodate more innovative agricultural ideas capable of improving the livelihood and wellbeing of the black race in particular and the entire universe at large in its quest for attaining a world-class status.

He stated further that the University is glad to note that BSI is involved in the promotion, use and the technical progress of bamboo from nursery development, plantation, harvest, and the applications in the field of construction, structure, frame, carpentry, panels, the environment, energy, and furnishing.

Source: https://www.independent.ng/landmark-partners-expert-on-large-scale-bamboo-productions/

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