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Malawi acts on mukula trade

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
AUTHORITIES in Malawi have stepped up efforts to curb the increase in smuggling of Mukula timber from Zambia.
First secretary for press and public relations at the Zambian High Commission in Malawi Chansa Kabwela said in a statement yesterday that the efforts are also meant to stop illegal harvesting and trading of the country’s indigenous hardwood.
Ms Kabwela said the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has indicated that the ban on exportation of indigenous hardwood in form of round wood or any other form, which was imposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining still remains in force.
She said according to MRA, Malawi has seen a rise in the trafficking and illegal trading of indigenous round wood, namely Mukula, Tsanya and Phingo.

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