Minister Says Logging Increasing in Northeast

kien svay district, Kandal pro­vince – Agriculture Minister Tao Seng Huor said Tuesday that “rogue” armed loggers are now cutting trees in concession areas in the northeastern provinces of Kratie and Stung Treng.

He said he has ordered the forestry departments in those provinces to work closely with provincial authorities and RCAF solders to halt the illegal activities.

Tao Seng Huor’s comments came as he led reporters and several international-aid officials to a pile of confiscated logs here Tuesday.

Cambodia’s agriculture minister, who oversees the forestry department, last week ordered a nationwide halt to the transportation, purchase and sale of logs harvested illegally. Environ­mental watchdogs said they welcomed the order, but noted that similar promises in the past have not been carried through.

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