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.
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 to 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 by allocating the 40,000 hectares for them.
“Planting and processing bamboo and rattan will improve the community’s livelihoods by creating jobs for them,” he said.
Mr Bun Neang said the community will also gain through the mechanism to market their bamboo and rattan products overseas.
Recently, the Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme reported that it has successfully implemented 60 community-based bamboo and rattan handicraft centres in Kratie, Stung Treng, Mondulkiri, Ratanakkiri, Preah Vihear, Koh Kong and Siem Reap provinces.
It said that up to last year, bamboo and rattan is grown on 379,897.74 hectares of land in the Kingdom.
The NGO noted that through collaboration with NatureWild, $66,898 worth of forest honey, bamboo and traing resin were sold last year.
E Vuthy, Secretary General of National Council for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Environment, recently said that about 68 percent of total rural households across Cambodia rely on forest resources for their livelihoods.
He appealed to the public to buy more local products such as forest honey, rattan, bamboo and resin to aid the livelihoods of those in rural communities.