A delegation of officials from Uganda Bamboo Association (UBA), The International Network for bamboo and Rattan(INBAR), and Bamboo 4 Good made an advocacy visit to the National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS) on 8th November 2017. The visit was aimed at initiating the agenda for collaboration between UBA and NAADs, in promoting the industrial development of Bamboo as a viable economic and environmental friendly venture for Uganda.
The secretary General of Uganda Bamboo Association Ms. Flavia Nabugere Munaaba noted that UBA and its partners conceived the idea of developing the bamboo industry in Uganda as a viable solution capable of taking care of economic interests of the masses while addressing national and global environmental issues of global warming and climate change.
Mr. Kalema Ndaula of INBAR, also in attendance, made the case for bamboo’s place in the wealth creation program of the government of Uganda. He noted that bamboo is food for humans, fodder for animals, improves weather conditions, useful in the creation of tourist sites, and provides materials for other economic activities such as bee keeping, fish farming, stoves, bio energy creation, textiles, among others.
He made comments abou the availability of technical support for bamboo development from international agreements such as the SINO-DUTCH agreement for bamboo projects in Africa spearheaded by international organizations like INBAR