Issue of January 7, 2018

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Study shows bamboo leaves as chicken feed
by Maria Teresa B. Benas

BANGUED, Abra – Bamboo has more uses other than for furniture.

A research by Carmelita B. Bersalona, a native of this town, showed that bamboo leaves are not only useful as foliage to keep the fertility of the soil, but it can also be used as chicken feed and fodder.

The Japan Foundation and Japan Bamboo Society in their Bamboo Journal No. 30 dated March 2017 published the abstract of the research report of Bersalona. Her study presents how feeding chickens with an organic diet containing fresh bamboo leaves results in increase in body weight by as much as 70 percent more than those fed on standard organic diets.

The study showed that fiber in the bamboo leaves enlarges the digestive tract of the chickens enabling them to consume more and grow faster.

Bamboo thrives well in the province, which, in fact, adopted bamboo as its one town, one product, and its Kawayan Festival is inspired by its OTOP.

Bamboo is also used as alternative material for wood furniture and fixtures, for construction building materials, handicrafts, and various novelty items. Its roots have medicinal properties and its fiber can be woven into smooth garment.

It also protects the environment due to its fast regenerative character. No part of the bamboo stalk is thrown away for its waste can be made into charcoal as an energy source.

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