In the first quarter of 2012 some 9,300 cubic metres of wooden logs were exported from Mozambique, most of which to the Asian market, particularly China, which was a year-on-year rise of 24 percent according to Alima Nequice, a geographer from the National Directorate for Land and Forests.
Speaking to daily newspaper Correio da Manhã, Nequice said that in the same period 467 certificates had been issued to distribute 22,000 cubic metres of wooden logs, which was a 19 percent increase on the first quarter of 2011.
Nequice also said that the production levels of the wood processing industry had fallen 9 percent in the period to 38,200 cubic metres, as compared to 41,900 cubic metres in the year-ago period.
Overall that department of the Agriculture Ministry in the first quarter inspected 235 plots of land totalling an area of around 123,600 hectares in just eight provinces: Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Zambézia, Nampula, Cabo Delgado, and Niassa. (macauhub)