Environment ministry may resume teak production in ’18

The Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation hopes to resume teak production from an agricultural estate planted by the Forestry Department this year.

A workshop to assess the situation of teak plantations that are 30 years or older was held in Nay Pyi Taw on Sunday.

“We first tested teak production in 2012-13. We didn’t cut all the teak but only chose trees that were 3 feet or taller for production. We are preparing for a second production.

“If production resumes, it will be done on a yearly basis. It is impossible to produce simultaneously across the country,” U Bo San, an official of the Department of Planning and Statistics under the Forestry Department, told The Myanmar Times.

Teak production data are being collected nationwide. He said the Forestry Department and private sector teak plantations have been thriving.

According to the statistics of the department for the current fiscal year, 133,539 acres of commercial teak plantation have 855,735 trees under 3ft tall and 157,409 trees above that height.

“As we are ready to resume teak production, the possibility of a decline in forest areas should be taken into consideration, and production techniques and replanting programmes should be made available,” said U Ohn Win, minister of Resources and Environmental Conservation, at the workshop.

Therefore, the Forestry Department conducted a survey of teak plantations in Pyi, Gangaw, Katha and Nay Pyi Taw’s Dekkhinathiri districts.

Timber production was suspended for one year in 2016-17, and teak and hardwood production has been suspended for 10 years in Bago Yoma.

Source: Myanmar Times

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