NFA warns people against timber smugglingTags: uganda enforcement illegal operations impact economic government local people
The National forestry Authority has warned the people against smuggling Timber to Foreign Countries neighboring Uganda especailly Southern Sudan to ensure sustainable management of forests and ensure proper collection of revenues.
Uganda is facing increased Global warming due to rapid depletion of forests for timber, fuel and farming among others
While in speaking during a joint Performance Review meeting for various Forest Officers at Kibaale Hotel, Kibaale district the Director of Natural Forests from the National Forestry Authority Hudson Andrua said that Timber smuggling is illegal and the culprits will be arrested.
He says exporting raw timber to the neighbouring countries doesnt comply with with the National Forestry Authority guidelines because it leads to deforrestration and loss of revenues.
Andrua appealed to the district leaders to be cautious when issuing Pitsawying license so as to ensure sustrainavle use of their forests and increased revenues through taxation for the proper functioning of their local governments.
He notes that Uganda is loosing a lot of money through the smuggled timber which goes to Suthern Sudan without being taxed and rapid depletion of the countrys forests.
Andrua noted that the Ministry of Water and Environment instituted a ban on exporting of raw timber in 1987 and it has never been lifted.
The Director has asked regional NFA Rangers and other district forestry departments to conduct joint operations so as to curb the increasing depleting of natural forest cover in the country.
Â© UG Pulse (Uganda) -- 2008-03-21
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