295,000 tons of teak, hardwood to be extracted this FY

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A total of 295,000 tons of teak and hardwood will be extracted across the country in the 2019-2020 financial, as per the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. Sagaing Region will have the highest extraction target of over 160,000 tons of teak and hardwood, it added.
In the current financial year, a total of 295,000 tons of teak and hardwood will be extracted across the country: 167,000 tons in Sagaing (west), 31,000 tons in Sagaing (east), 6,500 tons in the Union Territory, 17,000 tons in Kachin, 7,500 tons in Chin, 10,000 tons in Taninthayi, 4,000 tons in Bago, 17,000 tons in Magway, 10,000 tons in Mandalay, 8,000 tons in Shan (north), 9,000 tons in Shan (east and south), and 5,000 tons in Ayeyawady Region.
The Timber Extraction Division under the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) is conducting teak and hardwood extraction by felling trees, transporting logs with the help of elephants, loading logs, and upgrading the road in the forest.
The division will hire some private companies for timber extraction works in the 2019-2020 FY because it does not have sufficient labour.
Myanmar produced more than 329,000 tons of teak and over 1.2 billion tons of hardwood in the 2013-2014 FY, more than 128,000 tons of teak and over 613,000 tons of hardwood in the 2014-2015 FY, more than 71,000 tons of teak and over 621,000 tons of hardwood in the 2015-2016 FY, more than 50,000 tons of teak and over 473,000 tons of hardwood in the 2016-2017 FY, and more than 14,800 tons of teak and over 221,000 tons of hardwood in the 2017-2018FY, according to the MTE.—Aye Cho (Translated by Hay Mar)

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