The area of bamboo forests is 4.84 million hectares in China, an increase of 631,800 hectares in comparison with the 4.21 million hectares recorded in the fifth forest resources survey. The annual growth of bamboo area averages 126,000 hectares, according to the statistics of the sixth National Forest Resources Survey, reports People's Daily on Tuesday.
According to statistics, the production value of China's bamboo sector in 2004 was 45 billion yuan, a growth of more than 120 per cent than that of 2000. The exports were 600 million US dollars in 2004, an increase of 20 per cent than that of 2000. Great development of bamboo industry has been achieved during the 10th Five-Year Plan period. The bamboo sector has become one of the four biggest forest industries in the country.
By People's Daily Online