Bamboo Trial Plots Commence: Update




Dear Friends of BBP,

As we informed you in our December update, we had begun preparing to plant our bamboo test plots close to the selected mill site in Frome, Westmoreland. This was in anticipation of helping to support farmers transitioning their lands to bamboo for future farming, as well as our bamboo farms. We are now happy to announce that this work is thoroughly underway!

Objective

The main objective of our bamboo test plots is to find the best effective way to grow our selected bamboo species, Bambusa Vulgaris ‘Vulgaris’ - which is the predominant species of bamboo in Jamaica - sustainably and effectively. The bamboo species we are planting, Bambusa Vulgaris ‘Vulgaris’, is a clumping bamboo, which means it is non-invasive. With these bamboo trial plots, we will demonstrate that with the appropriate silvicultural techniques - it is possible to predict and control its growth.

Related article: Running vs Clumping Bamboo

Our bamboo trial plots will involve the use of different methods. What we want is to compare various bamboo planting and preparation variations to find out what method ensures optimal results. This means we can ensure our forests, and our farmers' forests, are arranged for the highest yield. Considering that our bamboo will also be sequestering carbon, as it's an effective carbon sink, this is more important than ever.


In March, Kirk Raymond (BBP´s Field & Supply Chain Officer) shared an update on our bamboo trial plots at a Westmoreland community meeting. Later that month, we also had our first growth (sprouting) of bamboo plantlets!


What’s next?

We hope that you continue to engage with us as we move into what is expected to be, a very busy and rewarding year for BBP, our stakeholders, partners and communities.

Please visit our website for more details about our project, and for upcoming project announcements.

The Bamboo Bioproducts Team


Tracktor preparing the fields for Bamboo Bioproducts bamboo trial plots