UPMKB Develops Bambusetum to Enhance Sarawak Timber Industry
Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu Campus (UPMKB) developed Bambusetum or better known as Taman Buluh (Bamboo Garden) to help increase the raw material yield in the timber industry of Sarawak.
The lecturer of the Forestry Science Department UPMKB, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Kian Huat said the Bambusetum project is in line with the Sarawak government's aspiration to promote bamboo as one of the materials that help boost the industrial economy in the state.
"The Sarawak government identified four main products of bamboo production for joint use, namely for the purpose of human and animal nutrition, charcoal, handicrafts and engineering industries..
"In addition, we also want to explore new bamboo-based industries to further diversify the needs and uses of bamboo and generate the economy," he said.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Kian Huat said to date almost 600 bamboo trees have been planted involving 13 species of bamboo locally and abroad and will continue to add to the bamboo species that are being collected.
"When the industry needs any of the bamboo species we have, they can come to Bambusetum at UPMKB to get crop material in the future.
"People who are interested and want to know the usefulness of bamboo species can come here and now we are also building a trail in this area as a park and helping visitors to gain knowledge," he said. -UPM
Date of Input: 03/11/2022 |
Updated: 03/11/2022 | lanz