Fiji’s first self-contained mobile timber treatment plant was launched on the island of Kadavu this week, marking efforts to improve the challenges of timber sustainability for maritime communities.
“Over the next six months, this treatment plant will be available to treat timber so that it can resist the decay from rot and insects that is caused over time- granting timber an extended lifetime of up to 50 years,” noted Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, who officiated at the launch.
He told villagers in Naceva district that timber used for their homes and community would be more resilient and valuable, and deplete the need to draw upon their own forestry resources.
“When this treatment plant extends the life of your timber, you won’t need to cut down as many of your trees to maintain your homes – and your forests can keep doing their job keeping our air clean, and our planet, safe,”.
Bainimarama added that the treatment plant would go on reducing the need to utilize timber resources throughout the country.
Other treatment plants opened include a timber preservative centre opened in Nasinu last year to improve systems and processes for the product development of timber.
The National Timber Preservative Treatment Regulation was also reviewed last year, to ensure continual improvement of timber products.
Kadavu’s timber treatment plant is the first mobile one in the country.
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