Friday, August 18, 2017

Illegal wood seized in Nay Pyi Taw, Bago raids

More than 10 tonnes of illegal timber was seized in a single day in raids in Nay Pyi Taw and Bago Region, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry announced last week.

The December 17 statement said nearly 9 tonnes of teak, hardwood and other timber was seized on December 14 in Sai Ya forest reserve and Yoma nature reserve in Yedashe township, Kapaung forest reserve in Paukkaung township, and La Ni forest reserve in Thegon township.

Another 1.1854 tonnes of swan timber along with an unlicensed Kenbo 110-cubic-centimetre motorbike were seized in Ngalite forest reserve in Nay Pyi Taw’s Ottarathiri township on the same day. The wood and the motorbike were found abandoned.

The ministry said it has been taking continuous action against the illegal trade in wood and wood products to ensure that the country’s natural resources are used in the interests of the people.

The Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry seized more than 45,000 tonnes of illegal wood last year, and a total of 22,000 tonnes as of July this year.

Translation by Zar Zar Soe