The wood resulting from tree-felling in Angola can only be exported by presenting the proof of deposit of the corresponding value in one of the country’s banks or a credit note, the Angolan Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Marcos Nhunga said in Luanda.
The minister also announced that due to changes underway, the beginning of the forestry year, which usually takes place in the first week of May, has been postponed indefinitely until the Council of Ministers approves new regulations for the sector.
Nhunga also said that the large amounts of timber that leave Angola every year are not reflected in the State Budget, a situation that the government is determined to reverse, as of this year, by introducing new forest legislation.
“Exports of timber have not so far had any weight in the state coffers, since the money corresponding to the sale of the product has not entered the country,” said the minister, quoted by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.
The Minister of Agriculture, speaking on the sidelines of the 1st General Assembly of the Angolan Association of Industrialists and Timber Industry (ANIMA), to elect the organisation’s governing bodies, reiterated the promise of a forestry police corps, initially put forward in January by the Secretary of State for Forest Resources, André Moda.
At the end of January, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the immediate suspension of all activities related to the exploration of forest resources, such as felling, movement and transportation of logs, and in February the government created a multi-sector commission to carry out an inventory of timber seized throughout the country, for disobeying instructions from the Ministry of Agriculture. (macauhub)