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Wet weather mars logging

Luke Rawalai
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

LOGGING operations in Labasa have been affected by the recent wet weather.

Dalomo Mill owner Mohammed Shamsood said mill operations were not very good and has resulted in the laying off of workers.

Waiqele Mill logging manager Feroz Begg said they were also affected by the bad weather and he feared losing business as the wet weather could prolong the absence of his workers.

"We are currently giving them standby wages in a bid to keep them with us as many of them do tend to look for greener pastures in Viti Levu," he said.

"The roads are not getting any better and we have to pay exorbitant fees for wheel tax and road user levy of $4000 per truck."

Forestry officer north Viliame Cegumalua said the wet weather was something beyond their control and a situation logging companies experienced every year.

"The Forest Decree states that logging works should be stopped during bad weather to prevent road damage and for the safety of the loggers," said Mr Cegumalua.

"We would really like to see the mills in full operation as they do bring in revenue for the government, however, we cannot control the weather and it is something we have to abide with."


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