August 19, 2016

Ministry to allow local and foreign investment forest plantation projects

U Khin Maung Win. Photo: MNA
U Khin Maung Win. Photo: MNA

Approval of the present government will be given to forest plantation projects involving local and foreign investments in forest reserves and protected forest areas, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
Establishment of private forest plantations have been allowed since 2006-2007 FY for enabling wood-based industries to acquire raw materials, fulfilling local wood demand and ensuring the development of the private forest sector, said the Union minister.
He added that the ministry has taken measures for forest conservation including establishment of state-owned and community forest plantations yearly.
During the 14th day session of Amyotha Hluttaw, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win also replied to a question about measures to be taken against illegal acts of those who seek jade deposits in the blocks of jade mining companies.
The deputy minister said that combined efforts are being made by the ministries concerned and the regional government to prevent illegal acts of scavengers in the jade mining blocks in cooperation with the Tatmadaw and the Myanmar Police Force.
The deputy minister stressed the need of the rule of law for prevention of jade scavenging in Hpakant region, saying that the Ministry of Home Affairs is tackling the matter with deployment of more security members and operations to ensure the regional security in cooperation with Tatmadaw military columns.    He called for coordination between authorities concerned and cooperation between local authorities, jade mining companies and local people.—Thein Ko Lwin with Myanmar News Agency


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