[www.inewsguyana.com] – Several logging companies and loggers’ associations from Region Ten are speaking out against revelations in sections of the media as it relates to the exportation of logs and the claims of mismanagement of Guyana’s forest.
According to a media statement issued by the Kwakwani Natural Resources Organization (KNRO), “It is not up to one person or group to decide what is best for any community without allowing those who will be affected by it, to participate in the process. Communities and community organizations should be supported to set their own priorities, design their own approaches, create their own solutions, and be responsible for the outcomes”.
The Organization stated that their relationship with Bai Shan Lin “take the hassle out of the extracting, loading, trucking and looking for a market as they have all the necessary machinery needed to do logging”.
The Chinese company purchase mostly Wamara logs. Before Bai Shan Lin was established in Guyana, Wamara was considered lesser-known specie. “No one was buying Wamara. This is a widely available and accessible specie that was made popular by the Company,” said the KNRO.
The Organisation also pointed out “unless you’re doing logging for a living, you cannot truly grasp the value of the Chinese investment in daily life. Much needed capital from doing business with the Chinese remains in the community and is spread across several households”.
In 2013, KNRO sold 5445.41 cubic metres of Wamara to the Chinese Company. In 2014 as at July, 4197.47 cubic metres; bringing their total to 9642.98 cubic metres. That amount at US $60 per cubic metre (at the stump) would give a gross total of G $115,716,000, over an 18 month period.
To date KNRO has invested close to G $40m in targeted projects in Kwakwani.
Additional projects include, 7 clean-up campaigns, donating a Bus/Ambulance and medical supplies to Kwakwani hospital, sponsor a student to attend Guyana School of Agriculture, Primary health care for senior citizens, contribute to the rehabilitation of the UNAMCO road in collaboration with GFC and other stakeholders, construct interior access roads to two of our Concessions, install pipelines and build water troughs at the Primary school, wiring of the IT lab at the Secondary school, donate a refrigerator to Nursery school, etc.
Meanwhile, another forest operation, MAC Enterprise in a press statement noted the “misinformation on the forestry industry and foreign investors for one specie of wood is being reckless and is subsequently damaging to the Region 10 economy and the country at large”.
Further, MAC Enterprise pointed out that over the past 2-3 three years countless individuals and associations have benefitted from the high demand of Wamara.