Timber Dealers in the Albertine region have been boosted by a donation of bandsaw mills.
The new technology is also likely to save Uganda from exporting wood products.
Currently the country imports over Twenty three million dollars of finished wood products every year.
The donation was delivered by World Wide Fund for Nature-WWF to five timber dealer associations in the districts of Kisoro, Rukungiri, Rubirizi, Mitoma and Kasese.
The bandsaw mill machine converts logs into fine saw wood of different sizes depending on the market using little fuel and labour force.
Mr. David Duli the Country Director WWF says the project aims at reducing wood wastage that is common while using the traditional timber cutting methods.
He adds that they are also empowering local communities to plant forests as a business entity to reduce human-wildlife conflicts usually caused by lack of economic activities.Mr. Duli on Band Saws;…
Mr. Gideon Ntungura, the chairperson of Rukungiri tea growers and timber traders association, says the new machine is opening the region to a wider timber market. Mr .Gideon on machine Speaking;…
The Rukungiri District Chief Administrative Officer Elias Bwamungu says the new technology will help to organize the timber industry so that they can have a unified voice to negotiate prices. END.