eastern provincial administration

GOVERNMENT TO EMPLOY TECHNOLOGY TO CURB ILLEGAL TIMBER HARVEST AND TRADE

Minister of Green Economy and Environment Hon. Collins Nzovu has disclosed that the Government, through the Forestry Department, is in the process of procuring machinery that will detect the age of the logs and their origin.

Hon. Nzovu also said Government will also procure drones to monitor illegal activities in forests to mitigate illegal harvest and trade of timber. The Minister said that Government was losing a lot of revenue in the illegal trade of the commodity.

The Minister is in Southern Province on a familiarization tour. Hon. Nzovu interacted with various tree growers in Choma and visited the Choma Museum where he learnt about the rich history on the role the Province played in Zambia’s path to attainment of independence.

In Livingstone and Kazungula, the Minister visited sheds where impounded Mukula is kept. The Minister also visited some timber processing industries that manufacture world class furniture, and he assured them of Government’s support.