China funds edible bamboo shoots processing unit
An edible bamboo shoot processing unit has been established at the
Industrial Technology Institute (ITI). the China's Common Fund
Commodities (CFC) provided the finance for the equipment, the
International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR) with support of the
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) donated the unit.
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana
inspecting the products of the edible bamboo shoot
This facility provides a state-of-the-art canning and vacuum packing
machinery including several other supportive machines.
This unit will provide training to food industrialists to process
ITI has also invited small and large-scale industries to invest in
this venture that is financially profitable.
Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana inaugurated the
production and processing unit recently.
Speaking at the occasion, the Minister observed that for the first
time edible bamboo shoots were introduced in Sri Lanka and currently
they are cultivated on nine hectares.
The first harvest is expected this month. These edible bamboo shoots
grow well in the Gampaha and Kalutara districts.
Three varieties of edible bamboo were introduced in Sri Lanka two
years ago. They include Dendriocalcamns latiflorus and Dendriocalmaus
oldhami imported from China and Mucana baciferra from Bangladesh.
The Industrial Technology Institute also held a meeting with
stakeholders to coincide with the visit of the Chinese delegation.
International Project Coordinator Prof. Chen Xuhe and ITI Technology
Section head Dr. Jaanaki Gooneratne also attended the opening ceremony.