Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Nov – Exports from Mozambique’s Sofala province of some varieties of wood netted the Mozambique State coffers 70 million meticals (US$2.6 million) in 2011, as compared to 50 million a year before, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
In 2011, Sofala province consumed 79,000 cubic metres of wood, 30,000 of which were explored by 70 operators with basic licenses and the remaining 49,000 cubic metres by 26 concession-holders in a region with an annual logging target of 60,000 cubic metres.
China, once again, was the main market for the forestry products from Sofala accounting for 90 percent of exports, followed by Lithuania, Serbia, Germany, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe, which accounted for 6 percent and the remaining 4 percent were for domestic consumption to produce furniture.
According to the head of Provincial Forestry and Wildlife Services, Maria Magaia, the annual rise in revenue was largely due to increased inspections, involving the police, the Provincial Directorate for Coordination of Environmental Action and community leaders.
According to the forestry inventory carried out in 2007, Sofala province has forest coverage of around 3.8 million hectares. (macauhub)