Economic charts negatively reflect forestry stakeholders and continue to allow leakages within the Forestry industry.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary for Forests Pene Baleinabuli when he opened the consultations between forestry stakeholders in the Western division and the Ministry of Forests in Nadi today.
Baleinabuli says forestry continues to be contributing significantly to the economy however it is not recorded legally and thus these leakages have plagued our economy.
He added it is contributing to the black economy.
Discussions heavily focused on the illegal harvesting, sustainable practices and overloading of Fiji’s timber industry that have not been recorded over the years.
The consultations will provide the opportunity for millers, loggers, forests owners, landowners, saw millers, timber manufacturers and researchers to come together and map a way forward for the industry.
This collaboration will assist stakeholders on how to further strengthen relationships within the forest industry.