Bamboo and our plantations

What kind of bamboo species are there and why does Moso bamboo grow so well in Fujian Province?

There are around 1,200 species of bamboo globally of which around 200 grow in China. Moso bamboo grows well in Fujian province due to a variety of factors such as the topology, climate and soil conditions.

What nutrients does a bamboo shoot contain?

Vitamin B6, Protein, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Sodium, Copper, Vitamin C and Thiamin.

Are your current plantation management and pace of harvesting sustainable?

In an independent third party report it was stated that: "The expert team generally received a very positive impression concerning the management of the bamboo plantations by the Company with regard to environmental compliance and performance. Becoming involved in the villages as an important stakeholder in local natural resource management, the Company plays and will play a key role in local rural development."

Where are your plantations located?

All our plantations are located in Fujian Province, the province with the highest concentration of Moso bamboo resources in China. Bamboo naturally grows at higher altitudes and often on slopes. Therefore many of our plantations are located in the Wuyi Mountain area in the north-western part of Fujian province.

How are the plantations being selected and why are all plantations located in Fujian province?

The key criteria for selecting the plantations are location, size, soil conditions, tree density, age profile, quality of the trees, price and payment terms.

As most of the related industries (such as pulp and paper and flooring) are located in Fujian province, it is logical to focus our operations in that area in order to minimise transportation costs. In addition, the quality of the bamboo plantations in Fujian is very high and we have a strong track record and deep industry and government relationships in the province.

What are the risks to the plantations and how do you protect yourself against these risks?

Risks include insects, blooming, climate change, weather, theft and damage. We have technical personnel at our Base Development Centres who work closely with our research centre in order to protect our plantations. A third party risk assessment report stated that the overall risk to our plantations is manageable.

Why do you mainly harvest bamboo trees in the second half of the year?

Harvesting bamboo trees during the spring may damage the spring shoots. In addition, due to heavy rain fall, transportation becomes more difficult. Furthermore, the level of liquids inside the bamboo tree is higher during spring which would lead to the tree easily becoming mouldy.

How can you ensure that all your products are organic?

We do not use any fertilisers at the plantations which are located in remote mountain areas where there are no neighbouring polluting industries. During the processing, we also do not use any chemicals. Our plantations are managed according to the organic standards of GB/T19630-200, JAS, NO and EU2092/91.

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