New timber law coming, says Nzovu

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SUN BUSINESS writes

@SunZambian 

 

A NEW law will soon be put in place to regulate the timber being accessed by timber factories across the country, Minister of Green Economy and Environment, Collins Nzovu has disclosed. 

Mr. Nzovu said all the legal timber will be hammer-marked to show that it is legally acquired. 

He explained that by so doing, it would be easier identify where the timber was accessed from. 

He disclosed that Government, through the Forestry Department, is in the process of procuring machinery that will detect the age of the logs and their origin. 

Mr. Nzovu also said government will also procure drones to monitor illegal activities in forests in order to mitigate illegal harvest and trade of timber.

On his continued tour of Southern Province, the Minister said that Government was losing a lot of revenue in the illegal trade of the commodity.

He however encouraged timber processing companies in Kazungula District to trade only with licensed individuals and entities.

Mr. Nzovu stressed that perpetrators of the illegal trade of timber woukd face the full wrath of the law as the cutting down of trees doesn’t only result in the loss of revenue but also poses a danger on the climate.

The Minister noted, with concern, that so much illegality under the previous regime was being perpetrated with impunity and perpetrators were never prosecuted.

Mr. Nzovu said such will not be condoned under the New Dawn Administration.

He stressed the need for the country to start adding value to the timber and export finished products.

During the tour, he visited Choma where he interacted with various tree growers. Whilst in Choma, the Minister also visited the Choma Museum where he learnt about the rich history with regards to what role the Province played for Zambia to attain its independence.

He was happy with the various locally made crafts among which are baskets which are being exported.

In Livingstone and Kazungula, the Minister visited sheds where impounded Mukula is kept. 

He also visited some timber processing industries which manufacture world class furniture and assured them of government’s support.

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