25 Mar 2014 11:30am
RUNDU, 25 MAR (NAMPA) The Directorate of Forestry will soon advertise a tender for the harvesting of four exotic tree species growing on the outskirts of Rundu.
These trees are currently being harvested illegally, and sold as timber.
The Chief Forester for the North-eastern regions within the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Michael Otsub told Nampa on Tuesday that his office wrote a submission to Treasury in the Ministry of Finance to put the timber-harvesting on tender.
Once this approval is granted, the tender will be awarded to the highest bidder to harvest and sell the timber to the public on behalf of the directorate.
Before its sale, the directorate will first have to determine its market value in order to set the right selling price.
The Directorate of Forestry has expressed concern on several occasions over people who vandalise and illegally harvest these exotic trees at night to avoid being detected.
This directorate in the two Kavango regions was supposed to harvest the four exotic tree plantations in 2010 already, but this never took place, and the trees are now overgrown.
They were planted in the early 1970s to conserve natural resources at the Kehemu informal settlement and the Musese, Siya and Ndiyona villages.
The first harvest of the trees, which consisted of Eucalyptus Camadulesis and Eucalyptus Grandis trees was in the early 1980s, and since then, no harvest has taken place.
The harvesting is going to be done in the form of the coppicing system, which does not completely destroy the plant, but ensures that it grows again.
The harvested trees could be converted into poles, droppers and timber.
After harvesting, the directorate intends to fence-off the plantation and place it under 24-hour security watch.
Meanwhile, anyone caught harvesting these trees illegally will be issued with a spot fine of N.dollars 300.