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Bamboo Newsletter July 2011

Planting BAMBOO can eliminate drought, poverty and hunger in FOUR years, and sow a seed of abundance and real wealth for over 40 years!!
One of the Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Kitil farm can make this MDG realizable by selling to you very high quality seedlings, without spending a fortune. In this issue, we shall briefly demonstrate to you how a bamboo seedling can sow a future of prosperity. We have over 500,000 bamboo seedlings, 30-60cm tall, with 3-6 shoots each and ready for local, regional and international markets. Eradicate drought with bamboo Oxytenanthera abyssinica (lowland bamboo) is a clump forming, solid stemmed bamboo. It is a drought resistant shrub or small tree which grows in Savannah woodland and in semi-arid wooded grassland. The dense canopy of this club prevents excessive evaporation and water loss from the grounds allowing supporting vegetation for animals and other forms of ecosystem. This is bamboo grows with a minimum annual rainfall of between 350 and 800 mm. Eradicate extreme poverty with bamboo Option One: There are enough commercial and environmental reasons why you should plant this bamboo. In rular Kenya, the dense bamboo clump can grow up to 20–100 (exceptionally up to 200) stems (culms) between 10–15m tall and up to 10cm in diameter with 23 internoted of 32cm. This means that, annually you can harvest a minimum of 100 stems, 9m tall and 10cm diameter. Cut these stems into 200 fencing poles of 4.5m tall. Each fencing pole can sell up to Ksh 200. Each club can fetch Ksh 40,000. Option Two: A plantations of O. Abyssinica can be a continuous source of bamboo charcoal briquettes for household cooking. It is estimated that this bamboo species can yield 10-33 tons of dry stems per hector per year. A pure stand of Oxytenanthera abyssinica contains up to 750 clumps and 30,000 stems per hectare. Each clump is harvested once or twice a year. This superbamboo can produce a total biomass of 19,000 kg/ha and upto 9-10 tons of bamboo charcoal per hectare per year with a minimum rainfall of 350 800 mm. An acre will fetch charcoal briquettes worth about Kes 73,000 per year, in an arid region in Kenya. Indeed, the charcoal industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. A large market exist in EU, USA and ASIA with prices ranging from $170 to $300 per ton. In South African, smaller packs in paper and carton cost even much higher. They call it the Black Gold Trade. Indeed, Charcoal is big business in Africa. According to the World Future Council, 80% of Africans rely on wood or charcoal for energy and 4 million hectares of forest are felled each year on the continent, twice the world average. To many, there is no alternative. Bamboo forests is the only sustainable charcoal production in Africa. Eradicate hunger and have fun with bamboo The shoots of lowland bamboo are edible while the voliage can be used as animal fodder. Sap from shoot tips is used for brewing alcoholic drinks ("ulanzi", 5-5.5% alcohol) similar in taste to beer.

This Newsletter monthly is a publication by Kitil Farm. Its aim is to educate readers on the immense investment opportunities that come with bamboo. For more information email: