Two timber firms in Ghana (name withheld) licensed with the Timber Industry Development Division of the Forestry Commission are causing severe havoc in the Tindibu Forest Reserve at Tysome-Sabadu in the North Dayl District of the Volta Regionby.
The two timber firms are operating beyond their mandated space in felling down trees.
Also, it has been revealed that the two timber firms do not fell only Teak trees they were licensed to cut, but other trees such as Rosewood, Wawa and Odum.
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The Assemblyman of the area speaking to the issue, noted that the merchants licensed to operate in the area are not putting in any effort to grow trees to replace the ones they are cutting and the fear is that the Forest reserve will soon turn into desert.
The rate at which they cut the trees in the reserve without replacing them is, indeed scary, Mr Dzamposu bemoaned.
In addition the merchants according to the Assemblyman have refused to pay the agreed royalties to the seven families who own the land since 2011.
According to Mr. Dzamposu, in 2011, the two timber firms harvested 1,500 Teak but more than 4,000 last year was a great cause for concern.
Also, it has been disclosed that illegal timber racketeers were now carrying out their unprofessional activities at night.
Source: Public Relations Unit of the Timber Industry Development Division (TIDD)
Chief Editor: Mr Francis Woode/ Public Relations Manager
Published by Daniel Okyere