The Zambia National Association of Saw millers (ZNAS) has applauded government’s move to ban timber exports.
William Bwalya, ZNAS president, said the ban would encourage value addition and boost job creation.
“We wish to applaud government for having taken a bold move,” Bwalya said.
On Tuesday this week, lands minister Jean Kapata announced the ban, saying it was necessitated by alarming illegal harvesting that was causing deforestation. The ban included tree species, including the sought-after Mukula tree.
According to the minister, Zambia had lost 276 000 hectares of forests between 2000 and 2014. ZNAS further urged the Forestry Department to draft a code of conduct, as well as a guideline of applicable sanctions, to all timber traders.
Law enforcement officers have also been instructed to impound logs found beyond 100 kilometers of a concession area.