China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka
Bamboo shoots are an important and popular food source in China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka produce bamboo shoots that are similar to those in South China, and could tap into an important new market worth millions of dollars a year.
Due to a lack of processing technologies, the bamboo shoot market in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is currently small and underdeveloped. To scale up this potential, technologies from China on bamboo shoot cultivation and processing mechanisms were introduced. This included the establishment of processing plants and the provision of technical training, as well as the establishment of more than 170 hectares of bamboo shoot plantations.