The Senate on Tuesday agreed to provide 40,000 hectares of land to encourage farmers to plant and process bamboo and rattan and also create an international marketing network for them to market their products.
The Senate approved a draft, presented by Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon, to create an International Network for Bamboo and Rattan at National.
A Senate press release said the move is aimed at promoting bamboo and rattan cultivation and processing in the Kingdom and the government will cooperate with international NGOs to ensure its success.
The statement said the provision of land and marketing mechanism will improve the livelihood of farmers and help to conserve trees and forests.
“The NGOs will provide training and technical support for farmers to make bamboo and rattan products as part of effort to develop and manage the sector,” it noted.
Senate spokesman Mam Bun Neang told reporters after the meeting said that the government will give the community a chance to plant more bamboo and rattan after the government by allocating the 40,000 hectares for them.
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