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Logging firm signs contract to cease work

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A logging company has signed a contract to cease operations within a social land concession in Preah Vihear province’s Choam Ksan district.

Doung Srouch Group was entitled to collect forestry by-products on 1,545 hectares of land, but the Ministry of Agriculture and provincial governor asked the company to cease operations on January 16.

The ministry and provincial governor last week said the cessation was ordered because there was no more wood to log, and to prevent bad individuals within the company from conducting illegal logging outside the concession’s boundaries using the company’s name.

Ly Putheara, a representative of the Doung Srouch Group, affixed his thumbprint on a contract to conform to the ministry’s order or bear responsibility for any violation.

Srun Borin, deputy director of the provincial agricultural department, said the contract would ensure no illegal logging took place.

“The department ordered the company to sign the contract,” he said. “There are a number of workers inside the company that might use the company name to continue logging and the contract is proof that the company is banned from further logging.”

Ping Trida, director of the provincial agricultural department, could not be reached for comment.

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