A day’s workshop has been held for small and medium-scale timber operators in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region.
It aimed at supporting intermediaries with information and guidance to comply with Timber Legality Assurance System (TLAS) and also engage participants in policy advocacy on domestic market reform in Ghana.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Alhaji Musah Abu-Juam, Technical Director of Forestry Division of the Forestry Commission, said over the years the country had been losing its forest reserves, contributing to the low revenue from timber industries.
He attributed the degradation of the country’s forest cover to the illegal logging and other disadvantages of illegal logging including chainsaw milling.
Alhaji Abu-Juam commended Tropenbos International Ghana for its contribution to the development of the Forestry Division and gave the assurance that the ministry would continue to provide the necessary support for the improvement of the forestry sector in the country.
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