5 May 2008

Solomons' loggers angry at higher duty on logs

3:15 pm on 5 May 2008

The Solomon Islands Forest Industry Association has petitioned the government against the increase on export duty on round logs.

The Minister for Forestry, Sir Allan Kemakeza confirmed that he had been informed about the petition but he was yet to sight the report.

He said he will wait for the association's submission before calling a meeting with them and other stakeholders.

The new determined price on log exports was implemented on April 30th, sparking concern amongst logging companies in the country.

Some are reportedly laying off workers and others have stopped operating.

Logging has been the biggest revenue earner for Solomon Islands since the early 90s, but there has been widespread criticism of the effects of industrial logging and the poor returns to landowners and government.