Gambia Gov’t earns up to D70M from timber export licence holders

Friday, August 25, 2017

The chairman of the Wood re-exporter and Forest Users Association of The Gambia, Lamin Barrow, has disclosed that in 2017, the central government would generate between 60 to 70 million dalasis from the export license holders through the national forest account.

 He made the revelation during an interview with our reporter after the official launching of the national tree planting.

Mr Barrow emphasised that the export license holders are expected ‘to pay nothing less than 60 to 70 million dalasis to central government through the national forest account’, he emphasised.

He stated that there are certain sectors such as agriculture, chamber of commerce, shipping line and customs that are benefiting immensely from the export trade.

He declared that considering the benefit attached to the forest products, there was need for attitudinal change toward the forest and participate in the restoration of the lost forest.

Chairman Barrow also stated that wood export is a trade that was officially launched in 2010 in the country by the then Minister of Forestry and Environment.

 According to him, the trade has made a lot of impact on the country, especially in terms of youth employment and income generation.

Mr Barrow further indicated that considering the significance attached to forest products, there was need for the forest users, especially his association members to be law abiding and respect the forest Act.

He advised his association members to be ready to work in accordance with the rules and regulation under the forestry Act.

Chairman Barrow also advised forest users to ensure that they comply with the forest Act by planting a tree during the rainy season and ensure its sustainability.

Mr Barrow also stated that his association would not relent in its efforts in covering areas that need replacement of lost trees.

He said his association is in collaboration with the Parks and Wildlife by giving them nearly 500 seedlings to plant in the Central River Region.

 Mr Barrow also reaffirmed his association’s commitment to support the Ministry of Forestry and Environment and its line department in the reforestation of forest cover.

He thanked the government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Forestry and Environment for creating the needed conducive environment for business people to operate.

“We will continue to be law abiding and respect the law of the forest Act,” he assured.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh
Source: Picture: Lamin Barrow