Ministry of Lands and Resources bans harvesting and exporting of rosewood
A total ban has been placed on the harvesting and exporting of rosewood by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has directed the Forestry Commission to suspend the processing of permits for the exportation of rosewood.
The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as at August 2017, had permitted 25 companies to salvage rosewood from the Brong-Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West, and Northern Regions.
In 2014, a ban was first placed on the harvesting, transportation, export, sale or processing of rosewood in the country.
China is noted as a major destination of felled rosewood where it is highly valued and used for antique-style furniture.
Currently, some companies are said to be exporting the rosewood using expired licenses, while some others have no form of permit.
The Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, says the ban is important for ridding the industry of all illegal activities endangering the ecology of northern Ghana, where rosewood felling is rampant.
He also added that the issues surrounding rosewood had become “a national security threat”.