Over 50 tons of illegal timber seized in Myanmar's southern state in one week
According to the release, the seizures which were made from July 27 to Aug. 2 within the area of Bago Yoma mountain range included teak, hardwood and other types of timbers.
Illegal logging often occurs in the area although the authorities have outlawed all logging operation within the area of Bago Yoma mountain range for a 10-year period starting from fiscal year (FY) 2016-2017.
A total of over 12,370 tons of illegal timbers including over 3,098.2 tons of teak, over 2,602.7 tons of hardwood and over 6,669 tons of other types of timbers were seized across the country in the first four months of present FY 2019-2020 which started in October, according to the department's latest figures.
During the period, 1,332 offenders were charged in connection with the cases, along with the seizure of 1,049 vehicles and machinery.
Meanwhile, the forest department has been making efforts to crack down on illegal logging and trading of forest products as well as to implement tree plantation projects in substitution. ■