109 tons of illegal timbers seized in Myanmar's south in two weeks

October 27, 2020

Myanmar authorities seized over 109 tons of illegal timbers in the Bago region in two weeks, according to a release from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation on Monday.

The ministry's forest department said the seizures were made between Oct. 12 and 25 in the area of Bago Yoma mountain range included teak, hardwood and other types of timber.

Illegal logging is often seen in the area although the authorities have outlawed all logging operation there for a 10-year period starting from fiscal year 2016-2017.

The forest department has been making efforts to crack down on illegal logging and trading of forest products as well as to carry out tree plantation projects.