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Loggers to Get More Support From FAO Grant

The Guyana Forestry Commission and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday inked a US 50 thousand dollar grant to support small loggers in South American nations.

Ten forested communities from the Forestry Training Centre Incorporated under the National Forest Programme Facility are expected to benefit from the three year project.

FAO Representative, Lystra Fletcher-Paul said the agreement is to enhance the capacity of Small Loggers’ Associations in Guyana to meaningfully participate in national forest dialogue.

She added that the support agreement will also help the government to improve its management of the forestry sector.

Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud believes that the partnership will give communities control of their forest resources that will lead to income generation.

The agreement will cover areas of support for capacity building identified by the associations in keeping with forestry policies and laws, forest management, timber grading and the use of computers.

According to the F-A-O it is estimated that the annual loss of forests during the last decade amounted to approximately 13 million hectares worldwide.

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