30th   MAY 2017

Bidco to Plant 1,000,000 Bamboo in Ndakaini Annually

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Leading FMCG manufacturer Bidco Africa will plant 1, 000,000 Bamboo plants  at Ndakaini Dam to help conserve the water tower and promote the use of Bamboo as a source of renewable energy.
 
Bamboo is a good source of clean energy and a good crop for conservation.
 
Speaking at the first planting event at Ndakaini Dam Bidco Africa chairman said the company was committed to environmental conservation and entrenching sustainability into its daily business operations.
 
"Ndakaini is easily the most important location in Kenya. If water is life then this place is literally our life which is why this partnership with Nairobi Water makes so much sense. If we conserve Ndakaini we can change our lives; if we let it go-we let our lives go. Today we are here to mark our commitment to planting a million bamboo plants on this site. It’s a big task but with the right partners we will make it happen.” he said.
 
The Bamboo planting was presided by Environment and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary Judy Wakhungu who was stressed connectedness of the environment and the impact of climate change in Kenya.
 
"The low levels of water in this dam, the prices of food, the drought -everything is connected," she said.
 
"The truth is there are no fancy solutions for climate change; we have to increase our forest cover and take from nature in a responsible and mindful way particularly in terms of energy. What we have done here today advances both of these goals."
 
Both Wakhungu and Shah also extolled the economic dexterity of Bamboo.
 
"Bamboo is an excellent product of nature. It is good for the soil, it is good for the economy, it is good for energy production.  I am pleased that it is steadily gaining acceptance and acquiring adoption across various sectors of our society; we are slowly waking up to the possibilities that Bamboo presents and this is a good thing."
 
The Bidco Chairman revealed that the company offers a ready market for the plant.
 
"We have been searching for a sustainable energy solution for a while and we finally got one in bamboo. We need 6,000 tonnes a month so if you are willing to plant we are willing to buy."
 
The Cabinet Secretary urged more Kenyans to engage in conservation and tree planting.
“The environment belongs to all of us; it is a shared responsibility; let us remember that we have not inherited this earth from our ancestors we have borrowed it from our children. Let us take good care of it and one another.”

About BIDCO AFRICA
Bidco Africa is East Africa’s largest FMCG. Founded in 1985 by Bhimji Depar Shah and his two sons Vimal Shah and Tarun Shah, Bidco is the market leader in the edible Oils and fats categories in Kenya. Bidco Africa also manufactures Hygiene and Personal care products including bar soaps and detergents.



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