In a bid to address the high cost and scarcity of bamboo seedlings for those wishing to plant bamboo in Uganda, Uganda Bamboo Association (UBA) has commenced a drive for enhancing the knowledge and skills in bamboo propagation, through setting up a demonstration bamboo nursery.
The nursery will be used as a springboard for developing and replicating best practices in bamboo propagation and bamboo nursery management and maintenance.
The nursery currently has seedlings made from seed imported from China. The seedlings are being nurtured and harderned for further multiplication. The nursery also has seedlings of bambusa vulgaris, and Oxytenanthera abyssinica.
It is envisaged that with the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills in bamboo propagation, nursery management and maintenance, the cost of bamboo seedlings will go down and there availability will increase to ensure that bamboo seedlings are readily available for cultivating industrial grade bamboo plantations at an affordable price. Currently, the price of one bamboo seedling goes between Uganda Shillings 5,000 and 6,000. That is approximately $1.5 US Dollars