Wednesday, November 8, 2023
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Malaysia’s Sarawak signs heads of agreements with several timber companies to add Bamboo pellets into Malaysia’s future energy mix, thereby dramatically increasing its bamboo production. According to the agreement, the state-owned Sarawak Timber Development Corporation and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) will supply bamboo pellets to local businesses. This is to strengthen the use of biomass that will lead to the state’s commitment to decarbonise.
Highlighting the driving purpose, Sarawak Deputy Premier, Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said, “the state-owned Sarawak Timber Development Corporation will supply a raw material to Permata Ferroalloys (one of the businesses involved) to complement wood charcoal (biomass) and to encourage the local community to work in bamboo production.”
The agreement is the first of its kind. The main of this agreement is to establish Malaysia as a global hub for bamboo production Bamboo pallets come with the same credibility and can be used like charcoal. On this point Deputy Premier also pointed out the benift of the use of bamboo pallets and correctly said, “coal is a hydrocarbon, whereas pellets are a fibre.”
In the month of, Sarawak released its released its post-COVID-19 Development Strategy for 2030, which targeted cultivating 10,000 hectares of commercial bamboo production to be managed by Rich Venture Plantation.
Bamboo and increased use of it can complement other raw resources such as timber to generate income. Stating the the benefits of bamboo, Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg further encouraged the increase of bamboo plantation to widen the global market of bamboo pallets. The Premier also stressed the importance of research and called on STIDC and its partners to conduct regular studies to pave the way to drive innovation to the state.