17 October 2012, Wednesday, 16:51

Rustem Khamitov: «We should develop timber processing rates»

author: Galina Bakhshieva

On October 17, for the first time the All-Russia conference devoted to system of the state accounting of round timber takes place in Ufa.

At the moment the timber processing complex of the country has no system of obligatory state accounting of round timber. It leads to negative consequences both for the state, and for business, the head of Federal Forestry Agency Victor Maslyakov said at the conference. Rustem Khamitov, the President of Bashkortostan agreed with him.

According to Rustem Khamitov, the potential of timber processing complex is used now far not to the full. At present mostly unprocessed timber is exported abroad from Russia, including from Bashkortostan. In exchange the country receives already finished articles. Accordingly, the lion's share of the received profit remains at foreign processors of the Russian wood.

“We should develop our timber processing, create conditions for formation of large timber processing manufactures,” the President of Bashkortostan said.

New Kronospan company on timber processing and building materials manufacturing  will become one of such enterprises. Kronospan, according to the reached arrangements, will be located in the Ufa region of Bashkortostan, and will start production output in 2014. Total cost of the project will make about 15 billion roubles.