Burma: Low-priced high-quality furniture & flooring makes it to your home because of Biofuels

Logging no longer will be the illegal business in one of the world’s biggest green regions that houses most of the teaks left on earth. High speed massive illegal logging was introduced to the region only by logging companies from neighbouring Yunnan Province only after China’s economy started roaring in 1990s. And it remarkably escalated in 1998 when China banned logging in its nation after facing serious floods in their home land. Forests in northern Burma were dwindling quickly in early 2000 and Kachin State became a hottest target for all the international watchdogs.

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But, finally, loggers have found a new and safest way to continue their business with a higher speed. Everything started in 2006 when the government began promoting a nation wide bio fuel campaign to grow a castor oil across the nation as a state crop. Although state sponsored project of growing castor oil plants only kept the people busy in other areas, but in Kachin State, it killed the forests that once survived from the hands of the loggers in early 2000.

Companies cleaned the forests to grow the castor oil in a massive scale. As a result, logs and other forest products, as usual, were brought and sold to the Chinese logging companies. Companies got enlightenment, copying the model of castor oil projects, to expand the logging business in the region on a massive scale. They said castor oil should not only be the state crop, there are several other important crops that the state should focus on in a large scale in the region. And the companies said they will dutifully serve those noble endeavours to develop the region.

Under the forest regulations issued in May, 2008, companies who want to run an agro-forestry project can rent the forest areas from the Ministry of Forests with a 30-year deed. Companies borrowed the loans from the banks in Yunnan Province. Banks and logging people in Yunnan were enthusiastic to help their neighbouring friends’ decision to develop the massive farming industries. More tractors, dozers of cars and other machineries were ambitiously brought to the region. The roads between Kachin State and Yunnan were reconstructed again. Roads became even much better than the Yangon-Mandalay highway.



Comments (1)

AnnaOctober 17th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I think that whether you are moving an apartment or a three-bedroom home, the one thing that you will have to deal with is the furniture. It’s heavy, it’sbulky, it’s expensive and you love it. If it were junk, you’d leave it on the curb. But since it’s not, you’ve got to get it to your new home. Even if it’s a starter bedroom set or extra large furniture, you may not be able to afford to replace it and yet, it may be heavier than you can carry yourself.

Regards, Anna

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