KUCHING – Sarawak will introduce a new policy to encourage timber industry players in the state to use raw materials from forest resources which are replanted.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said currently industry players were seen as not serious in implementing research and development (R & D) in the effort to respond to the state government’s call to replant logged forests.
“I urge the private sector to be together with the state government in implementing R & D , conduct research for the sake of the future for sustainable extraction of timber. Perhaps we will produce certain formula for those involved in order to give incentives when they performed R & D.
“Conducting R & D to replant indigenous species will definitely expand our green environment at the same time we only get raw material from replanted forest. We will have new policy and will work out so that there is incentive for those using raw material from (re)planted forest,” he said.
He said this in a media conference after opening a 2017 Timber Expo and Sarawak Small and Medium (SMEs) Entrepreneurs Week at the Kuching Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK) here today.
Commenting further, Abang Johari, who is also Urban Development and Natural Resources Minister, said Sarawak had a major potential for downstream activities based on timber and subsequently manufacture products which meets the need of the market.
“Industry players must produce attractive and durable products that will position the state in timber market. As of now, Johor is ahead of us in the production of furniture despite the numerous resources that we have,” he added. – BERNAMA