Minister tells parliament plans are afoot to form a taskforce to crack down effectively on any logging operations in the area.
The Chinese Government has announced that it will look into recent arrests for illegal logging near the Burma-China border.
More than 140 people suspected of illegal logging have been arrested in Kachin State, DPA International reported on Tuesday, citing military-run Myawaddy newspaper. The 142 suspects include 102 foreigners, the majority Chinese nationals. Export of teak logs was banned in April of last year, but an official at the forest department was quoted as saying that fighting in Kachin State …
Burma’s Ministry of Forestry has announced that the government has awarded more than 110 million kyat (US$110,000) over the last year to forestry officials, police and private citizens who have assisted in bringing illegal loggers to justice. The announcement comes ahead of a deadline for timber exports on 1 April.
A search of the vehicle uncovered 246 planks of teakwood, weighing a total of just over one tonne.
Hot News’ Bhamo-based correspondent Oo Oo Nyein said he was first sued for defamation by a local militia over his reports on cattle rustling.