Production of merchantable timber by Ukraine’s corporations involved in forestry management in 2017 totalled 15.9 million cubic meters. This means it decreased by 2.5%, or by 412,000 cubic meters in absolute terms compared to the previous year, UNIAN reports.
Deputy head of the State Agency for Forest Resources Volodymyr Bondar says 7.3 mcm of the aforementioned figure was produced during felling for primary use. This accounted for 89% of the timber harvesting limit set for 2017 and shows a contraction by 125,000 from the year before, the agency said.
Bondar also noted that in 2017 timber sales through electronic tenders were largely successful. The state-owned Forestry Innovation and Analytical Center has developed software for the bidding procedure. In 2018 the agency intends to increase timber sales through the electronic trading platform.
“E-bidding will continue developing in the future. This is the only tool that ensures effective pricing and transparency. There will be no massive introduction of electronic trading, because it will be introduced in different stages, in diversified manner, accounting for the specific characteristics of the area in each case,” Bondar said.
In 2016, the volume of merchantable timber production increased by 1.7% to reach 19.6 mcm, according to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Forestry corporations subordinate to the State Agency for Forest Resources entirely fulfilled the tasks of reforestation at the sites of last year’s felling, having restored more than 53 hectares of forest area.