Zambia at risk of timber deficit

FROM left: Minister of Development Planning Alexander Chiteme, World Bank Country Manager Ina-Marlene Ruthenberg, Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu and Minister of Lands and Natural Resorces Jean Kapata launching the tree planting exercise in Chipata yesterday. PICTURE BY ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

GOVERNMENT has warned that the country is at risk of a timber deficit if the excessive cutting down of trees is not curbed.

Speaking when she officiated at a tree planting exercise at Kaunda Square Secondary School yesterday, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata said the excessive cutting down of trees will contribute a wood deficit in the country.

“The demand for timber has outstripped supply, the 700,000 cubic metres demand is in excess of the annual allowance 400,000 cubic metres allowance. The demand for timber has also increased because of the various construction activities going on in different parts of the country,” he said.
Ms Kapata said there is need for members of the general public to begin to embrace a culture of …

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