By Tione Andsen MANA

Government has said Bamboo wood could be used as alternative source of heating if the country is to serve its forest reserves.

Minister of Natural Resources and Climate, Michael Usi said this Tuesday when he toured Lisoka Bamboo Estate at Waliranji in Mchinji as part of the commemoration of the International Day of Forests (IDF).

Macheal Usi

He said government has realized that there is a special variety of bamboo which could be used as a source of heating in most households.

Usi said Malawians should change their mind set to view Bamboos as an alternative source of fuel wood.

“If more Malawians are encouraged to venture into Bamboo planting, this would help to reduce pressure that the forests reserves are facing as key source of fuel wood,” the Minister observed.

He said Lisoka estate has assured the government of the availability of Bamboo seedlings which could be distributed to communities as a start up.

Managing Director of Lisoka Estate, Grant Blumrick said they planted the Dendroclalamus Aper Bamboo variety some five years ago and are ready for harvest, and could be used for firewood and fire briquettes.

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