Why Invest In Bamboo

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Bamboo is the fastest growing and most versatile plant on the planet. Synonymous for centuries with the construction and fabric industries, it’s uses are endless, with Bamboo applications found in varying sectors from pharmaceuticals through to the food and beverage industry. To date approximately 1500 commercial applications of bamboo have been identified worldwide.

Bamboo’s growth rate’s and it’s annual self-regenerating properties are unique. It’s poles can grow up to 30 meters in a year, with some species growing up to 121 cm in a single day. Once established each plant (or clump) can produce up to 15 new poles on a yearly basis, following harvest bamboo then replenishes itself by regenerating the shaft, this offers repeat harvests from the same plant, negating any felling or pre-planting, and increasing the frequency of the growers yields.

The Bamboo Market

The Global Bamboo market is estimated to be worth approximately $60 billion, whilst annual growth is estimated to be approaching nearly $2 billion a year. Fueling this growth is the shift towards green and ecological based products, particularly from the Bio-Fuels sector.

The Global demand for Bamboo is also at an all time high due to it’s ability to act as a substitute for virtually any timber product, whilst being cheaper to produce, and offer´s quicker and more frequent harvests.

The USA and Europe import huge quantities of Bamboo products such as poles for agriculture production, parquet flooring, laminated lumber, paper, textiles, craft furniture, construction materials and handicraft items.

Edible Bamboo shoots also represents a multimillion-dollar market across Asia, sold either fresh or as a tinned product.

Growth Rates & Yields

Bamboo is a self-regenerating plant. When harvested, new shoots emerge and replace them in a period of 3-4 months. Unlike timber where the crop rotation occurs over several years, bamboo can be harvested annually over a 20+ year period, this ensures a continuous and sustainable supply.

EcoCrops International uses the Dendrocalamus giganteus species of Bamboo (also known as Dragon bamboo) at our production farms in Panama, Thailand & India. Native to Thailand, Dragon bamboo thrives in tropical climates, remaining productive for well beyond the typical 20 years seen with comparrable giant bamboo speices, whilst annual harvests begin between years 3-4. 

Plantation Implementation

Bamboo Climate Requirements

Climate conditions play a pivotal role in the success of a commercial bamboo plantation. Several climatic variables are considered by our team prior to establishing farm operations in a given location, taking into account annual average rainfall, hours of sunlight per year, humidity, wind speed, latitude, and importantly the average annual temperature. The following four variables were key to the geography of our operations with Central America and Asia.

Temperature

Bamboo is an extremely adaptable species in terms of temperature, although for optimal results the tropical climates found across Asia and the Americas provide the perfect environment for clumping bamboo to thrive. The average annual temperature within these regions ranges from 20°C and 26°C, whilst bamboo can remain productive in temperatures as high as 36°C.

Precipitation

A locations average annual rain fall / precipitation levels are the single most important factor for bamboo production. Tropical climates above all offer an even distribution of rain fall over the course of the year, this allows for high water table levels within soil which is key to the development of the species particularly during dry periods.

Wind

Understanding the wind speed within the potential growing area is essential before establishing a plantation. Wind speeds over 75 km per hour can create crop development issues to bamboo plantations. Optimal wind speeds are typically around 15 km per hour. Wind speeds over 75 km per hour can cause mechanical damage within the bamboo, leading to breakage of the younger stems with mature poles falling prematurely.

Sunshine

To thrive bamboo requires areas approximately 2000 hours of light per year. Optimum growth rates are achieved with more light, continuously cloudy conditions naturally has a negative impact on plantation development.

Soil Requirements

Most bamboo thrives in well-drained, deep, fertile soils, and typically prefer neutral to moderately acidic soils. To improve growing conditions our management team add additional organic material such as compost, manures, bark chips and peat to the plantation, especially in the sandier terrain offered in coastal Panama. This management practice ensures moisture and acidity is retained within the soil, whilst also offering nutrition to the plants.

Drainage is also an important aspect of our plantation management process, overly damp or fully submerged soil conditions can damage the roots. Whilst drainage also assists in the planting process by mounding the soil conditions.

Nursery

Establishing a nursery is a vital requirement for large scale commercial bamboo production, this maintains a regular supply of plants for stock replacement and planting phases. Our nurseries in both Central America and Asia are approximately 2-3 hectares in size, encompassing seedlings ranging from 8 months to 2 years old.

Our Panamanian nursery predominantly focuses on Dragon bamboo production (Dendrocalamus giganteus), whilst our Thai nursery holds approximately 1 million saplings of varying species, and serves as our global distribution arm for small scale producers through to commercial plantation developers.

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EcoCrops International

EcoCrops International offers both individuals and organizations a fully integrated forestry management service. From the preconceptual planning stage, through to the harvesting and exiting of the final product, our team are on hand as your investment partner.

Although operating privately since 2012, EcoCrops International was officially established in 2017 in Dubai, UAE. We have a global presence with representation across Europe, Asia & Central America.

Dubai
2404 Platinum Tower,
Jumeirah Lake Towers,
Dubai, UAE
Email: info@ecocropsinternational.com

Barcelona
Rambla de Catalunya, 38, 8ª planta,
Spain, 08007
Tel +34 932 201 207
Email: info@ecocropsinternational.com

Thailand
129/238 Moo 12, Bangbon 3, Yaek 4, Bangbon Road, Bangkhae, Bangkok, 10160
Email: asia@ecocropsinternational.com