Jamaican Entrepreneur Exploit the Value of Bamboo to Make Bamboo Tomato Ketchup

BambooKetchupJamaican entrepreneur Chevaughn Bowen, a graduate of International University of the Caribbean (IUC), now has his latest creation – Bamboo Tomato Ketchup – on the market. The new product is produced by Jamdun’ Food Processing in Kingston.

According to the Jamaica Observer, “Bowen said he got the idea to make the bamboo tomato ketchup while in discussion with director of special projects at the BSJ, Gladstone Rose, who heads the Government’s bamboo programme.”

“He then went to China to have a first-hand look at that country’s bamboo industry, and to do further expert research on the properties in the bamboo edible shoots. After he returned, he began producing the bamboo ketchup, which is available locally.”

A recent Jamaica Information Service report stated “For State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, the product (bamboo ketchup) is the first of its kind in the world, offering a number of vitamins.”

“This is one of the products for diversification, our own bamboo indigenous ketchup. There are several things that we can do with bamboo…there is bamboo pharmaceutical, the bamboo charcoal, bamboo flooring, furniture, bamboo to feed animals, and the bamboo fabric that is in demand, fetching a high price on the world market,” she told JIS News, at the recent opening of the first bamboo charcoal factory, in Pembroke Hall, St. Mary.

“We are looking at the tourism industry, because instead of buying and selling things from other countries to our tourists, we can give them authentic Jamaican products, made in Jamaica. That is what people want when they come on a vacation,” the State Minister said.

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