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Nawi Island Limited in talks with the Indonesian Embassy in Fiji to introduce three new species of Bamboo to Fiji

Nawi Island Limited in talks with the Indonesian Embassy in Fiji to introduce three new species of Bamboo to Fiji

By Shanil Singh
Thursday 23/01/2020

Nawi Island Limited is currently in talks with the Indonesian Embassy in Fiji to introduce three new species of Bamboo to Fiji which will be used as a building material for cyclone resistant structures.

The three species which are not endemic to Fiji will be sourced from Indonesia and are commonly known as Rough Bamboo, Thorny Bamboo, and String Bamboo.

Nawi Island Limited Managing Director, Mike Gann says that the new species will help Fiji by providing sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional building materials used for construction while still being strong enough to resist tropical cyclones.

He says by introducing these three new species of bamboo, they can make cost-efficient housing in Fiji and introduce a new renewable resource for construction.

Gann says another major benefit of the use of bamboo is that it can withstand cyclones and earthquakes in the Pacific Region.

He says that the bamboo should benefit all Fijians as it is affordable due to the ease with which it can be easily regrown and ready for use within several years.

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