In Summary
  • Bamboo, which helps to conserve the environment, can also be used in making an array of products that include furniture and tiles.
  • To set up a successful, profitable green project you must plan well, get licensed, and invest in infrastructure.
  • We are now working on our plans for a bamboo processing facility we are establishing at the Coast.
  • Bamboo needs to be harvested when it reaches maturity. It matures between four and seven years. We intend to harvest at the end of year five.

Africa Plantation Capital (APC) are leaders in bamboo farming and other agro-forestry enterprises. Brian Okinda spoke to Konstantinos Kioleoglou, APC’s regional managing director for East Africa.

Why the fascination with bamboo?

Bamboo is a grass that matures faster and is self-regenerating, making it more profitable as it can be harvested every year for up to 100 years.

Bamboo, which helps to conserve the environment, can also be used in making an array of products that include furniture, fibre , activated carbon and flooring.

As APC, next month we are launching our first line of bamboo polo shirts made exclusively from bootex fibre by one of our associate companies.

Now, what does Africa Plantation Capital do?

We promote sustainable agroforestry projects. Africa Plantation Capital is a member of APC Group which manages over 160 bamboo plantations in Thailand, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and the US.

We started our first in Kenya a year ago. We plan to have a total size of 5,000 acres and over 700,000 bamboo trees in the next five years.

We want to introduce to the Kenyan market and the region new technologies and agroforestry models. We have completed the infrastructure of our fully irrigated first bamboo plantation here and planted over 35,000 bamboo seedlings.

This has changed the local environment into a green source of oxygen and creating hundreds of jobs in the area.

For these efforts we were last year awarded “The new Business of the Year” by the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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