Tomeco has been the proud financial partner of Bambou Masse Benin for many years,
whose ambition is to achieve sustainable entrepreneurship in developing countries.
Bamboo Masse Benin is run by a local team supported by Flemish know-how. This ensures a sustainable anchoring of the company in the local social and economic context. With a 450ha bamboo plantation, the company wants to produce local green energy in the short term. At the same time, the company contributes to improving the climate through reforestation and storage of CO2.
BAMBOU MASSE BENIN
More green, an incentive for the local economy
What has already been achieved?
150,000 bamboo plants were planted on a 450 ha site 25 km from the city of Parakou, Benin
Employment of an average of 35 workers
Construction of a new school for the local community in Fiarou
The presence of the plantation is an impulse for secondary activities in the area, with new businesses and more active agriculture as a result.
Thousands of tons of CO2 have already been captured by the plantation.
What does the future hold?
Bamboo is the fastest growing crop in the world with a very high production per hectare in tropical areas. Replanting after harvesting is not necessary, as bamboo automatically gives new shoots. The first parts of the plantation, planted in 2014, are almost ready for the first harvest. It takes a bamboo plant 7 to 10 years to mature.
Once mature, you can harvest bamboo every three years and it is suitable for various applications. Bambou Masse Benin is looking towards the housing market for its future production, but the first priority is green energy production. For example, the first harvest can be valorized and the installation can also serve to process the residual flows of produced building materials. By incorporating bamboo into building materials at a later stage, the carbon present in the logs is fixed for a longer period of time.
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