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.

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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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