WINDHOEK: Illegal timber operations, particularly in the Kavango Region, have prompted the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) to temporarily suspend the issuing of forest permits for sawn timber as from 01 August this year.
The timber-harvesting permits have been suspended until further notice.
MAWF Permanent Secretary (PS) Joseph Iita said in a media statement yesterday that the current situation demands an urgent revisiting of the ministry’s operations in all parts of the country.
Last week, the Mbunza Traditional Authority unearthed large consignments of forest produce allegedly illegally harvested in the Mbunza communal area.
Iita said the movement of forest products from neighbouring countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe and Zambia will be strictly monitored to ensure that these products are indeed sourced from outside Namibia.
Those who are in possession of harvesting permits which were issued prior to the beginning of the month are advised to contact the nearest forestry office for appropriate arrangements for their current operations.