Forestry officials confiscate illegally harvested wood

ONHUNO: Forestry Directorate officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Friday confiscated illegally harvested wood poles at the Onhuno police roadblock in the Ohangwena Region.

The ministry’s local senior forestry technician, Abel Aushona on Sunday confirmed the confiscation in a telephonic interview with Nampa from Eenhana.

The culprit in the matter was fined, although the fine was only N.dollars 300.

Aushona said the wood was harvested at Mukekete in the Kavango West Region without a permit from the Forestry Directorate.

The confiscation followed a tip-off from employees of the ministry’s Directorate of Veterinary Services who are in charge of foot and mouth disease control at the Onhuno roadblock.

Some 2 000 poles were found loaded in a truck, while the culprit was only granted permission to harvest and transport 150 poles for business purposes in northern Namibia.