Bamboo and Rattan Unit
The BRU was created to coordinate all activities of all stakeholders on bamboo and rattan resource and industry development in Ghana. The BRU Coordinator will be assisted by the Scientific Liaison Office who is a Research Scientist of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana. There are six (6) Programme Assistants that were trained in China on various aspects of bamboo and rattan resource and applications. An Office Administrator manages the Unit in the day to day activities of the staff.
The Unit Components
The Unit # has five (5) main components:
1. Nursery & Plantation Development
2. Natural Stands Management
3. Processing & utilization
4. Marketing, Research & Communication
5. Monitoring & Evaluation
BAMBOO AND RATTAN UNIT COMPONENTS
NATURAL STANDS MANAGEMENT
This component provides technical expertise to conserve natural bamboo and rattan stands and train and educate various communities on proper management of natural bamboo and rattan resources. It also carries out inventory of bamboo and rattan resources in Ghana.
NURSERIES & PLANTATIONS DEVELOPMENT
This promotes the establishment of bamboo and rattan nurseries to provide quality planting material. It is backbone to the successful development of the bamboo and rattan industry. It concentrates primarily on the development of bamboo and rattan plantations to serve as raw materials for both traditional and industrial processing.
PROCESSING, UTILIZATION AND CRAFT INDUSTRIES OPERATION
This facilitates the establishment of processing factories and production lines for various bamboo products. It also encourages re-tooling of existing timber/plywood mills to process bamboo into ply-bamboo, lumber, T&G, etc. The installation of various production lines will be based on market surveys and the demand for bamboo products in Ghana and the export markets, especially the sub-regional market.
MARKETING, RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION
This promotes made in Ghana bamboo and rattan products. This component collaborates with research institutes in Ghana conducts research in various disciplines including cultivation, processing and utilization of bamboo and rattan.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Monitoring and Evaluation forms an integral part of management tools to effectively assesses progress of program activities, identifies critical implementation constraints and evaluates new opportunities. The technical annual work plan provides the basis for monitoring and evaluating progress in planned field activities.