Published on : Monday, October 21, 2013
The harvesting and the exportation of Rosewood timber will be banned being effective from 1st January, 2014, according to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseinu of Ghana. This announcement was made by the Sector Minister, while addressing a press as he mentioned that the decision was unanimously reached on Friday 21st September, 2013 in order to combat the indiscriminate felling and export of Rosewood timber in the country.
In this regard he said, “To reverse this trend and protect the integrity of our environment as a whole, Cabinet has directed that effective 1st January 2014 the harvesting and export of Rosewood are banned until further notice,”
Alhaji Fuseinu further opined, “The Commission should also ensure that the ban is brought to the notice of the timber industry while steps are taken to sensitize the general public at large,”
Explaining the issue he also informed that the Rosewood timber was initially used locally but the growth of markets in Asia, particularly China, had led to the excessive exploitation of the specie.