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Burma to Harvest 30% less Teak This Year

31 July 2013

Burma will produce 186,650 tons of teak wood this fiscal year, a 30 percent decline from last year’s output, Eleven News reports. Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry Win Tun told Parliament on Monday that the drop could be attributed to the need to ensure the sustainability of the industry, with teak trees younger than 30 years old off-limits to loggers. “We are taking action against illegal logging,” he added. The minister said Burma would cease exports of raw teak wood from April 1, 2014, and would only permit the export of value-added teak products thereafter.