The move comes two years after an earlier effort to slow deforestation by banning the export of raw timber.
The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) announced a total ban on new logging of teak and other hardwoods in Karenni State, and has outlawed all logging businesses in the territory.
The threats began after photos of illegal logging activities in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei District appeared in a recent issue of a local weekly.
Minister tells parliament plans are afoot to form a taskforce to crack down effectively on any logging operations in the area.
The incident is the latest in a spate of violent confrontations between law enforcement officials and illegal loggers in Kyauktaga Township.
Law enforcement officials in Pegu Division’s Kyauktaga Township open fire on trucks carrying illegal timber as they tried to run a checkpoint.