LIMA – The forest and wildlife service, known as Serfor, said after a meeting in Lima with Chinese forestry officials that it would start a project to promote the production and processing of bamboo in northern Peru.
The project will be coordinated with the International Bamboo and Rattan Network, or Inbar, and supported by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation, Serfor said in a statement.
The forestry industry has great potential for growth and offers opportunities for further development of commercial plantations in Peru, where bamboo grows on 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of farms and natural lands, Serfor executive director Fabiola Muñoz said.
Peru’s bamboo crops need industrialization and links to markets, along with access to technology so production can take off, Muñoz said.
“We can learn much from the experience with bamboo plantations in China,” Muñoz said. “That is why we are so grateful for the visit of the Chinese delegation and future support in the promotion of this resource with great potential.”
The Chinese delegation was headed by the deputy minister in the State Forestry Administration, Sun Zhagen, the director of the International Bamboo and Rattan Center, Liu Shirong, and the director of the Bureau for Natural Forest Management and Protection, Sun Guoji.
The meeting was also attended by Inbar representative for Latin America Alvaro Cabrera.
The Chinese delegation met with Serfor officials during its visit to Peru and Brazil, the two countries with the largest forests in South America.
World trade in bamboo totals about $3.5 billion annually, while the Chinese domestic market generates about $15 billion per year in bamboo sales.