Mozambique to increase wood production in 2014

14 February 2014

Mozambique is expected to produce 150,000 cubic metres of wooden logs in 2014, which will be a rise of around 50,000 cubic metres against 2013.

The increase in production is a result of the current high value of wood and a rise in exploration rates, as well as increased supervision of unprocessed wood exports from the country, according to the Agriculture Ministry (MINAG).

China is the biggest consumer of timber from Mozambique accounting for 85 percent of the 430,000 cubic metres of logs to leave the African country between 2000 and 2010, according to a study from UK non-governmental organisation, the Environmental Research Agency.

The study concluded that the value of wood exports to China rose from US$8 million to US$100 million between 2001 and 2010.

Mozambican wood is also exported to South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mauritius, Germany, Japan, France, Malaysia, Thailand, Portugal, Vietnam, Singapore, Turkey, Dubai, India, the United States, Reunion Islands, and Italy.

Mozambique has a wealth of forest resources covering an area of around 40.6 million hectares and 14.7 million hectares of other wooded areas. (macauhub)