Burmese government cuts teak production and embargoes private timber operations

According to the Naypyitaw Forestry Department, the government of Myanmar has ordered that timber production in the country be cut by 40 per cent in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, while completely prohibiting private timber operations altogether.

Across the forests in the nation, the department will oversee the production of 350,000 tons of hardwood and only 15,000 tons of teak. Moreover, according to the director of the Forestry Department, U Aung Chein, the government has also halted private logging in order to control the rate of loss regarding forest cover.

“We no longer grant permits to private loggers,” he explained. “Only Myanmar Timber Enterprise is producing timber and teak now.”

Moreover, according to The Irrawaddy, the entire Bago Mountain Range, a major source for Myanmar’s renowned strain of teak, has come under a 10-year ban on the logging of teak and timber from 2017 to 2027. Presently, according to the Bago Region Forestry Department, only 29.3 per cent of the Bago Mountain Range is covered by forest. But during the ban on timber production, more than 350,000 acres of forest will be established to make up for deforestation.

In a 2015 survey conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), it was revealed that Myanmar had the third-worst deforestation in the world, with the nation losing an estimated 1.34 million acres of forest between 2010 and 2015.

 

Source: The Irrawaddy