Myanmar has over 2.2 million acres of forest plantations

Zeyar Nyein

Myanmar has established over 2.2 million acres of forest plantations till this fiscal year, about half of which are commercial scaled, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.

The Forest Department under that ministry implemented eastern Bago Yoma forest project from 1981 to 1984, a forest project with financial aid of Asia Development Bank from 1983 to 1987 and a teak plantation project from 1998 to 2005, say sources from the department.

Till the current 2017-2018 financial year, over 2.2 million acres of forest plantations have been launched—over 1.2 million acres of commercial forest plantations, 340,000 forest plantations in catchment area, about 170,000 acres of raw industrial crop plantations, nearly 450,000 acres of firewood plantations and 6,480 acres of mangrove forest plantations.

However, some reports show that some of those forest plantations have been destroyed due to lack of fund and manpower to maintain the plantations, trespassing, illegal cutting and weaknesses in technology and research.

The Forest Department is planning to provide over 30-year-old commercial teak plantations after teak extraction has been banned in natural forests.

According to latest figures, there are more than 1.3 acres of commercial teak plantations.