Material zones for wood processing to be formed
According to the 2011-2020 plan of forest protection and development under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), it is necessary to set up material zone to ensure the annual exploitation of 0.5 m3/ha by 2015 and 1m3/ha by 2020.
So far, the wood processing industry in Vietnam has developed sharply with 2,536 enterprises (including joint-venture and foreign-invested enterprises). In 2010, the total processing capacity reached about 15 million m3 of round wood, valuing 3.55 billion USD.
However, the domestic timber resource only meets a part of demands and the imported material wood accounts for 80% from many countries. Recently, production of planting timber has increased continuously, reaching approximately 5 million m3 in 2010.
This achievement is thanks to some new material areas in such provinces as Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Kon Tum … mainly for paper production and some material areas in Gia Lai, Thai Nguyen, Quang Tri, Binh Phuoc and Hoa Binh, Ha Giang provinces for wood production.
In addition, thanks to large material areas, living conditions of local people have improved markedly. Illegal wood exploitation and protected-forest invasion has greatly reduced.
Under the plan, 2011-2015, about 100,000 ha of forest annually for production will be newly planted and about 120.000 ha of forest will be replanted. The planning and development of wood processing industry and forest product trading will be associated with the review and development of the industrial raw material zones in a large-scale.