New timber regulation coming

Charcoal - Photo credit- CIFOR:Jeff Walker
GOVERNMENT says that it will soon embark on a comprehensive programme and implement new timber regulation aimed at curbing illegal charcoal trade.
Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Harry Kalaba says the programme will enhance joint road patrols by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and the Forestry Department to ensure culprits are brought to book.
“My ministry will be working with RTSA to embark on road patrols to monitor those charcoal traders that engage into this business without licences,” he said.
Mr Kalaba was speaking in Katangashi ward in Bahati constituency on Tuesday when he met hundreds of residents whom he also educated on the dangers of indiscriminate cutting down of trees.
Mr Kalaba warned that perpetrators of the illegal charcoal business will face the wrath of the law.
He said that government will also employ more forest officers to ensure that the patrols between them and RTSA are enhanced.
Mr Kalaba said that the charcoal trade has had adverse repercussions towards mitigating climate change and urged the people of Bahati to plant the 500 seedlings that have been provided by the Forestry department in Kansase area.
He said that the PF under President Sata has embarked on several developmental projects country wide especially in rural areas such as Bahati..
The minister said that the people of Bahati are currently enjoying the availability of electricity, improved water and sanitation, a good road network and better health services.