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Rated wood cutting in Belarus to reach 15m cubic meters by 2015

MINSK, 1 February (BelTA) – The annual allowed cutting rate in Belarus should reach 15 million square meters by 2015, Belarus Premier Mikhail Myasnikovich said in a meeting to consider forestry issues on 1 February.

“Due to a rapid development of the national wood industry and other manufactures using forest resources as raw material, we hope the periodic yield will exceed 15 million square meters within the ongoing five-year period,” the PM said. Mikhail Myasnikovich stressed that there are still a number of problems that are to be addressed.

The Belarusian head of government pointed to the necessity of accelerating the construction of forest roads. The task for the 2011-2015 period is 750 kilometers, including the construction of 612 kilometers of forest tracks by the Forestry Ministry.

The Premier criticized the Forestry Ministry for the wrong use of forest resources. “You focus only on high-yielding areas and this is not the right thing to do. So far we do not interfere and do not think of engaging the Economy Minister, Minister of Natural Resources or a commission. The Forestry Ministry should be the master in a forest in the full sense of the word,” he said.

The PM stressed the need for deep processing of wood in Belarus. “The forest is our local resource, and the fact that today we export 70% of round timber is not right. The President criticizes even for the export of particles boards and wants that the furniture be exported instead. There is no wasting of forest resources,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said and required that woodworking in Belarus should be made more efficient.