Hundreds of youth rendered jobless following logging ban

Written By: KBC Reporter

Hundreds of youth working in sawmills in Nyeri County have been rendered jobless following the three month ban on logging.

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The youth who were working as casual laborers arranging and packing logs were laid off owing to the ban.

The three month ban on logging has begun to take its toll on businesses involved in timber trade.

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The prices of timber have also increased from 43 shillings per foot to 50 shillings per foot after the Kenya Forest Service stopped the millers from accessing the forests.

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One of the saw millers, Simon Kihara who was laid off over 40 workers says they expect a massive shortage of timber used in construction owing to the ban.

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Officials of the Nyeri Timber Manufacturers Association are urging the task force delving into management of forests to propose they county continues with logging arguing they have 38 per cent forest cover unlike in other areas where the forest cover is less than 10 per cent.

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Those who have been fired are calling on the government review the ban.


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