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Sawmillers urged

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, February 24, 2018

THE Ministry of Forests has urged sawmillers in the North to adhere to the Fiji harvesting code of practice regarding the use of logging roads to transport logs during rainy weather.

North divisional forestry officer Tevita Bulai said they had not received any complaints nor had they issued any stoppage of operations order for non-compliance with the practice code.

However, Mr Bulai said sawmillers needed to take note of the current weather and act accordingly.

"We advised them during the last adverse weather to take heed of weather warnings and comply with the code of practices," he said.

"The ministry had also been receiving reports from the Fiji Roads Authority which was passed on to the companies and other stakeholders.

"According to our Fiji Forest Harvesting Code of Practice, operations on any logging road that is connected to the public road needs to be approved by FRA.

"Therefore, we are liaising with FRA on the use of logging roads during wet weather and they advised sawmillers on whether to continue operations or otherwise."

Mr Bulai said sawmillers were duty bound to abide by the code of practice.

Meanwhile, in 2015, former FRA chief executive officer Neil Cook claimed drivers of heavy-laden vehicles in Fiji, especially logging trucks, were deliberately and persistently overloading their vehicles.

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