Revenue decline concern

Minister for Forest Osea Naiqamu Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

GOVERNMENT is concerned about the declining revenue within the forestry sector, says Forestry Minister Osea Naiqamu.

Speaking to stakeholders in Labasa last Friday, he said for the past seven years, the forestry sector contributed an average of $36 million per year to the gross domestic product (GDP).

Mr Naiqamu said this was a reduction compared with previous decades.

“We need to work closely with stakeholders and discuss how we can build a robust and thriving forestry sector and grow our economy.

“We would also like to get to the core of issues that restrain efforts of stakeholders such as the environmental impact assessment and the current (lorry) weight restriction.”

Mr Naiqamu said he was aware of the challenges faced by stakeholders.

“We would like to hear from stakeholders, their proposals and ways to overcome these challenges without compromising the law.”

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