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Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Posted 9:22 PM by Luigi
Nevsem disagree on Vanuatu sandalwood ban
Source: The Vanuatu Independent, 8 March 2006
The outspoken spokesman for the Nevsem custom movement from Erromango in Tafea province, Jacob Narvot, is condemning the government's ban on sandalwood harvesting.
He voices concern that the three months of harvest given by the government through the department of forestry is the only opportunity for local farmers to cut their timber.
"The government hasn't assisted us local farmers in any way, so why do they want to ban sandalwood when that represents one of our main income sources in the islands?" queries Narvot. "We know what we are doing, so we ask the government to review its policy of banning sandalwood cutting. We cultivate the sandalwood, so the government should not stop us harvesting it", Narvot explained.
He concluded that as the government allows only three months for harvest, local people and farmers rush to cut trees down, and don't care about size of timber. As a result, some of sandalwood trees in South Erromango were totally destroyed.
"We suggest the government concentrate on the issuance of sandalwood licences and leave us to decide what to do with our sandalwood trees."
Narvot is a sandalwood farmer and nursery man who has planted sandalwood also on Efate near Tamanu Beach and Pango. He said he has 1000 seedlings now ready for sale.
For full story, please see: www.news.vu/en/business/Forestry/060308-Nevsem-disagree-on-Vanuatu-Sandalwood-ban.shtml
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