Myanmar seizes 63 tons of illegal timber

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YANGON (Xinhua) – Myanmar forest authorities have seized 63 tons of illegally harvested timbers from a forest reserve in southern Bago region.

The official Global New Light of Myanmar, quoting the Forest Department, reported the teak and hardwood were confiscated by a combined team of forest police from Phyukon Forest Reserve over a three day operation from Wednesday to Friday.

Action will be taken against those involved in the illegal timber trade.

Illegal logging often occurs in the area although the authorities have outlawed all logging operation in Bago Yoma mountain range for a 10-year period starting from 2016.

In last December, some illegal teak logs, laden by 16 boats, were seized by local authorities in Singu township, Mandalay region when a regular search operation was conducted along the Ayeyawaddy River.

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