Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry has reemphasised that no fresh timber will be harvested until the already harvested timber is marketed

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has reemphasised that no fresh timber will be harvested until the already harvested timber is marketed and sold both internationally and locally as soon as possible.

This was contained in a media statement availed to the media on Monday by the ministry's public relations department, re-emphasising the conditions set by Cabinet regarding the already harvested timber lying in farms in the North-Eastern part of the country.

The statement said Cabinet deliberated on the timber issue during the week of 03 to 06 December 2019, where it took note that there is a significant quantity of already harvested timber in Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi Regions.

It said among other conditions, the ministry re-emphasises that no new or fresh timber will be harvested and local timber processors should be given first preferences to buy ahead of foreign processors.

In addition, it said that no timber should be transported during night time in the regions and all timber should be loaded in truck containers in the presence of MAWF officials.

Source: Namibia Press Agency