-Head of plank dealers’ association
By Chris F. Pewu (Intern)
The chair of the Light Brother Wood Incorporated in Paynesville, which is an association of plank dealers, has said that due to the bad road networks in the country, the local plank industry has suffered a serious setback in transporting the sawed timber to the market.
Charles C. Harris said it is about time that the government sees reason to ensure that the members of the association have access to feeder roads so that their products are brought to the market.
Another difficulty the association is faced with, according to Mr. Harris, is the US$60 cents the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) imposed on each sawed plank being transported to the market.
Harris said that the US$60 cents fee levied by the FDA has worsened the industry’s challenges to the extent that the members are contemplating on leaving most of the already sawed planks in the bush and finding something else to do as a means of survival.
Mr. Harris appealed to the government to come to the aide of the Light Brother Association by reconditioning the destroyed feeder roads where the planks are being sawed and also to prevail on the FDA to reduce the US$60 cents levied on each of the sawed planks.
The secretary-general, Albert S. Simgbah, commended the government through the FDA management for allowing them as collaborating partners of the wood sawyers’ association to make their contribution to the nation’s building process.