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Making A Living Out Of Bamboo

Sukulu Soko, 50, has joined the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) to teach students how to make handicrafts using bamboo. He was approached by the centre
22 Jul 2016 12:47

Sukulu Soko, 50, has joined the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) to teach students how to make handicrafts using bamboo.

He was approached by the centre in April this year.

Mr Soko is said to be the only bamboo research developer here and he also worked for the Ministry for Agriculture, forestry department.

“I want to teach students how to make handicrafts using bamboo and I have joined FNU to create awareness and to encourage students to get involved in handicraft work,” he said.

Mr Soko said there were students who were not good with their academics and they were often left out.

“But this handicraft course will enable them to learn how to make handicraft using bamboos and they can earn for their living.

“This was another reason I was approached by FNU,” he said.

Mr Soko said in 2000 he did research on bamboo and came up with the idea to make handicrafts using bamboo sticks to generate income.

“I have been making a lot of products from bamboo and selling it to people.

“There are many bamboo trees in the villages and youths in the village can make use of the sticks and learn to make handicraft items from it,” he said.

Mr Soko said this course at the NTPC was for everyone including dropouts and the unemployed.

“There are only a  handful of people who make handicraft products out of bamboo and if there were more people to learn we can then sell those handcraft in overseas market.”

 

Feedback: shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj

 



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