Call for forest products transportation at night

04May 2019
The Guardian
Call for forest products transportation at night

TRANSPORTERS of timber and other forest products have appealed the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism to allow transportation of the goods during the night  as directed by President John Magufuli early April, this year.

They made the call here at the forestry stakeholders’ workshop held in the outskirts of Mafinga town in Mufindi district, Iringa region.

“The ministry ban to transport forest products during nights has affected traders a lot, we have incurred losses as we have failed to compete in the market,” said Oscar Kaduma, a trader in Mafinga.

For his part, Dr Celine Mongo, Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) acting Director of Forest and Bee keeping assured traders that the ministry was working to lift the ban so they should not worry of anything.

According to her, the ban came to control illegal timber transportation conducted by some dishonest traders but the government is now working to address all the challenges to ensure that the business is legally conducted.

Yuda Mkoro, the Forest Development Trust (FDT) marketing officer urged timber processors to adoupt modern technology used for lumbering in order to improve output and income.

He however cited shortage of raw materials as among the challenge facing the sector where she called upon forest stakeholders especially factory owners to chip in and start establishing major wood tree farms of their own instead of depending from the government owned plots.

According to him, the workshop was organized to discuss how to improve forest sector as well as showcase modern technology for timber processing.

In April 11 this year, President Magufuli suspended the law which forbids transportation of forest products during night where he directed the responsible ministry to allow the business operate for 24 hours.

The national wood market study, timber consumption is expected to more than double from 2.3 million in 2013 to 5.2 million by 2035.

According to Tanzania Forest Services (TFS), timber and wood supply deficit in the market (not including wood energy) will increase between 2025 and 2035 to a supply gap of 3 million m3 round wood.