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22nd November 2017

AgExport & EcoPlanet Bamboo - facilitating investment into the bamboo industry for Guatemala

AgExport & EcoPlanet Bamboo - facilitating investment into the bamboo industry for Guatemala

AgExport & EcoPlanet Bamboo - facilitating investment into the bamboo industry for Guatemala

Over the past 18 months EcoPlanet Bamboo has received multiple requests from bamboo farmers and growers in Guatemala for the assistance into developing a market for raw bamboo material. In November 2017 an initial meeting was convened by EcoPlanet Bamboo and AgExport designed to take an inventory of the available bamboo resources within the country, and assess the potential to move away from the Chinese model of low level processing into handicrafts, furniture, housing and similar, and towards a focus on wood and timber markets.

Guatemala is currently a net importer of pulp and paper products, with more than $240 million worth of imports in 2015. A further $100 million worth of timber products was also imported. Many of the product items included in these exports could be replaced by a domestically grown and manfuactured bamboo fiber.

EcoPlanet Bamboo's initial analysis and feasibility assessments indicates sufficient mature bamboo amongst a number of landowners and bamboo growers to justify the development of an industrial manufacturing operation for Guatemala. 

The majority of this bamboo is split between a few main species:

  • Guadua angustifolia
  • Dendrocalamus asper
  • Bambusa vulgaris

 

Follow up meetings will be held in January 2018. For more information please contact: info@ecoplanetbamboo.com.

 

The Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT ) is a non-profit, private organization founded in 1982 with the purpose of promoting and developing exports of goods and services in Guatemala.

 

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EcoPlanet Bamboo has addressed a number of "bamboo myths" in the company's Bamboo Plantation Blog. As in many other countries, land owners and farmers have grown bamboo under information as to the size of the global market, only to find it extremely hard to commercialize their material. So where does this myth and mis-information with regards to the global bamboo market come from?? The issue over the current bamboo market and its accessibility to individual growers will be addressed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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AgExport & EcoPlanet Bamboo - facilitating investment into the bamboo industry for Guatemala

AgExport & EcoPlanet Bamboo - facilitating investment into the bamboo industry for Guatemala