On October 9, 2019 the State-owned timber processing firm ,Allied Timbers,has acquired $550 000 worth of machinery at Erin Forest in Nyanga.
The machinery, which includes five 20 tonne haulage trucks,four tractors and compressor,was officially handed over to the company units by the Acting Minister of Environment,Tourism and Hospitality Industry Hon NM Ndhlovu.
Three of the trucks are meant for Erin Forest Plantation in Nyanga and two for Gwindingwe Plantation in Chimanimani.
Speaking at the occasion,Hon Ndhlovu said the acquisition of the new equipment is a step towards meeting current and future timber demands of the nation and beyond.
“It is encouraging to see such investments being made to improve the operations of the company,.It is my hope that the fortunes of Allied Timbers continue to improve and it operates at optimum capacity and that the company will post a dividend to government in the near future. Increasing the productivity capacity of Allied Timbers should be matched with corresponding capacity of sustainably manage the biological resources. The current afforestation rate is not enough to bridge the predicted timber deficit in the future.It is therefore critical for the company to increase its a forest rate and increase efforts towards minimising losses to fire,pests and diseases,”he said.
Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs,Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba emphasised the need to protect the timber industry through planting more trees.
“We need to green Manicaland. We must adopt a deliberate policy to ensure that 10 trees are planted in place of each cut.I will personally supervise and make sure that the forestry sector performs well.Tree planting must be the password for tree felling. So no planting no log on,”said Dr Gwaradzimba.
Allied Timbers Board Chair, Mr Itai Ndudzo said their organisation remains committed to recapitalising production of timber in the country.
“We are implementing the procurement of a state of the art central forest whose construction should be complete before end of the year.The forest nursery will reduce the overall cost of raising seedlings as well as improve control on the quality of seedling that we require for re-greening,” said Mr Ndudzo.
The event was attended by the Permanent Secretary of Environment ,Tourism and Hospitality Industry Mr M Munodawafa,Acting Chief Executive Officer Allied Timbers Mr R Nenzou and other senior government officials.