CAMAGÜEY.- In order to exchange experiences, strengthen alliances and promote the formulation of projects, services and development strategies for the use of this plant, the provincial workshop on Bamboo and sustainable development was carried out.

Convened by the Camagüey subsidiary of the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians, and the National Forest Development Fund, the meeting involved specialists, professors, producers and artists linked to the use of productive grass, of which — according to specialized literature — more than 1500 uses are known.

The M.Sc. Roberto Adán Pérez, professor at the University of Camagüey, Ignacio Agramonte, gave the conference propagation, management and uses of bamboo, in which spoke on the need for the cultivation of the plant by the possibilities of improving the environment.

The Finca La Nueva Esperanza, by producer Camilo Mendoza Caballero, member of the Credit and Service Cooperative Renato Guitar, hosted the meeting, which for the second time is held in the territory. This producer has areas planted with more than fifty crops, which serves with the use of biological products.

The exchange of experiences on the use of bamboo enabled the socialization of the best experiences in the employment of this plant, originating in India.

Light, resistant and capable of growing from 15 to 20 centimeters daily — depending on the species and humidity conditions — the bamboo can be used as food, medicine and for the manufacture of handicrafts, household accessories and furniture, among other uses.

In addition, it is scientifically proven that a hectare of bamboo can absorb between 11 and 18 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez