Hon J. C. Hutchinson (2nd right), Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, receives a copy of ‘Booming Bamboo’ book from Prof. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General, International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), during a courtesy call at his Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on Monday, November 26. Others, from left, are Gladstone Rose, Special Projects Director, Stephen Wedderburn, Executive Director, both of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica, and Hao Ying, Director Membership Affairs, INBAR. Prof Lu Wenming is visiting Jamaica to attend a three-day Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium to be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston starting November 27 and culminating with a tour of bamboo facilities by delegates on Thursday, November 29.
As Jamaica prepares to host the International Bamboo Symposium Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon J.C. Hutchinson, today welcomed Prof. Lu Wenming, Deputy Director General of the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation in China, and his delegation to the symposium to be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, starting November 27.
The symposium, which is being held in the Caribbean for the first time, will have some 250 delegates from the Caribbean in attendance and is aimed at highlighting the benefits of bamboo production and manufacturing. It will culminate with a tour of several bamboo facilities across the island by delegates on Thursday, November 29.
In welcoming the delegation during a courtesy call at his Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on Monday, November 26, Minister Hutchinson expressed appreciation for the training which has been provided to Jamaicans in China in the production of bamboo by-products.
“We are hoping that this symposium will enlighten those who are not aware of the potential for the production of by-products from bamboo, for example, plates, forks, cups, bicycles, and houses,” said Minister Hutchinson.
Continuing, the minister said that bamboo is one of the strongest materials available for manufacturing and that going forward it would be included as one of the crops to be promoted in Jamaica for increased cultivation along with others such as Irish potato and castor beans.
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