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KOTA KINABALU: Tambunan recorded the highest bamboo density of 62 per cent or 3,200 hectares of the total area of bamboo forest in Sabah, said the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB).
“Among the dominant species recorded are Gigantochloa levis, Bambusa vulgaris, Scizostachyum brachycladum, Schizos-tachyum lima and Dendrocalamus asper,” said MTIB, in a statement.
The potential of the bamboo industry, it said, is huge in Sabah.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Plantation Industries and Commodity Ministry does not intend to replace the country’s main commodity, namely oil palm, with bamboo, said its Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (pic) on Tuesday.
The ministry according to him, is strengthening the oil palm industry with the application of the latest technology as well as expanding overseas markets, diversifying its value-added products and continuing various studies on the benefits of palm oil.
“At the same time, the ministry is exploring bamboo as another future commodity in addition to various other commodities,” he said when replying to a question posed by Datuk Hatta Ramli (PH-Lumut) during the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Tuesday.

JASIN, July 15 -- The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has urged karas tree entrepreneurs in this country to adopt the bamboo stick and dripping inoculation method for cost-effective production of better quality agarwood.
Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said research on the method was conducted on 100 karas trees by two researchers with a RM100,000 allocation at the Karas Estate near Jus Dam here in November 2017.
He said the research was conducted by Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) in collaboration with the state Economic Planning Unit of Melaka for the production of agarwood and resin agarwood.

PAPAR, June 30 -- The proposal paper to form a consultative council consisting of timber industry players, the government and related agencies will be presented to the state cabinet soon.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister who is also state Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the consultative council would serve as a platform to hear and discuss issues faced by the wood-based industry sector.
“The council will comprise the Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA), Timber Association of Sabah (TAS), the Forestry Department, Yayasan Sabah and other related agencies.

KOTA KINABALU, June 23 -- A legal framework is being drafted to ensure that timber planted by villagers in Sabah can be used as raw materials for the downstream timber-based industry without impediment.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, who is also State Trade and Industry Minister, said the proposed legislation, which would be submitted to the state cabinet, was aimed at safeguarding the sustainability of the state's timber industry while ensuring a sufficient supply of raw materials for making wood-based products.