17 March 2009, Tuesday, 15:07

Shamil Vahitov: deep timber processing can solve problem with wood-cutting area

author: Eugene Rakhimkulov

Deep processing of low-grade timber can solve the problem with wood-cutting area development, the first deputy Prime-Minister of Government RB, Minister of agriculture RB Shamil Vahitov said at the expanded meeting of the Ministry’s Collegium.

Far from favorable situation is observed in Republic today, when just about 15% of wood-cutting area is used. As a result, the masses of overripe forests grow up, the value of such forests is coming down and flammability risks are on the contrary growing up. Deep processing of low-grade timber can become the strategic direction in development of Bashkir forestry.

“It is especially urgent for our Republic because about 70% of wood areas are occupied by soft-leaved low-grade sorts of timber” – Shamil Vahitov said – “but unfortunately we’ve failed to start any more or less big project on deep timber processing up to now and the existing capacities need urgent modernization”.

In opinion of Shamil Vahitov the fact that small business is poorly developed in forestry sphere negatively influences upon wood-cutting area development. The main reason is low protection of workers at small enterprises and it becomes especially noticeable under the economic crisis. It is also necessary to develop construction of wooden houses. This step would be able to solve several problems at once. First, it solves the problem of wood-cutting area development, second, it solves the problem of population supply with dwelling in the country and third, it opens additional workplaces in local villages.

“It is quite clear that our forests is the most valuable strategic stuff and the increase of forestry profitability is directly connected with intakes into our budgets but at the same time we mustn’t let the pursuit of profits lead to thoughtless and irreplaceable deforestation”  - Shamil Vahitov warned.