Myanmar to resume teak production

Myanmar Forestry Authority has informed that in the next fiscal year (2017-18 fiscal year), Myanmar will resume teak and hardwood production. Production targets are expected to reach 270,000 tons.

Logging was halted last year following excessive deforestation in previous years. The resumption of log harvesting in the next fiscal year under certain limit is aimed at preventing entrepreneurs engaged in the industry from suffering shortage of raw materials; but the volume of extraction will be reduced at about 2,70,000 tonnes.

Myanmar teak production will reach 1,274 tonnes, while the production target of hardwood will reach 2,69,727 tonnes.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation will make a sustained effort at reforestation and conservation in the forest across Myanmar, officials of the ministry said.

Three schemes are being laid down with the timber extractive industry; the first one being that timber production is allowed every two years to fulfil the requirement of raw materials for the value-added export products.

The second scheme allows timber production only for self-sufficiency, while the third one permits import of products substituting wood to fulfil the local requirement for raw materials.

Statistics show that forest cover in Myanmar decreased to 45% in 2015 from over 57% in 1990. However, the ministry is planning to replant teak in Bago mountain range in a bid to protect natural resources.

Myanmar is one of the most resource-rich countries in South-East Asia covered by 38% mixed deciduous forests, 25% hills and temperate evergreen forests.

The logging volume of teak and hardwood in fiscal 2012-2013 reached 9,25,050 tonnes, according to figures.

Meanwhile, Myanmar government has restricted wood logs export to encourage more export of value added wood products since 2014. --ITTO.

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