It has been revealed that the Ministry of Forests has created a Monitoring Division to monitor logging activities within the Solomon Islands.The Minister for Forests, Sir Allan Kemakeza revealed this in Parliament yesterday during questions and answers particularly on the CNURA's Government's policy on forestry.
Hon. Allan Kemakeza stated that under present forestry regulations, the local people are not entirely benefiting from their resources.
"This is the first time that the Ministry has formed such a Division since the start of the forest industry. Points raised by the leader of Opposition are true. It is the resource owners that pay export duties, licenses and other costs," states Sir. Allan.
As part of the Government's action the Ministry of Forests has already deployed 60 Forestry Extension officers to assist in monitoring the forest activities around the country.