THE police seized more than
150 tonnes of smuggled wood
and 15 vehicles in Pale Township,
Yinmabin District, Sagaing
Region, in the current fiscal
year (FY), and arrested 14
people involved in the cases,
according to statistics provided
by the township Forestry Department.
The Forestry Department, the police and the township administrative committee are collaborating to make effective plans to combat unlawful extraction, smuggling and transport of forest products in the region. As a military operation, the combined team will continue to fight against smuggling of forest products in the region.
Between last April and this January, the authorities seized some 152.286 tonnes of illegal wood and timber, including 3.03 tonnes of teak logs, 13.33 tonnes of teak timbers, more than 120 tonnes of hardwoods and other varieties of wood.
The forest authorities are accelerating efforts to eliminate the illegal trading of wood by raising awareness among the rural community through educative talks and seminars.