Nicaragua: Results from Forestry Investment

Timber from trees grown fifteen years ago in commercial plantations is starting to be cut and exported.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the year 2000 about 22 thousand hectares of African mahogany, kapok tree, oak, laurel, royal cedar, and other species were established on 300 farms in Nicaragua. Starting from 2014, these plantations will produce 40 thousand cubic feet of wood per year, which will be exported either as raw material or processed into finished products.

Salvador Mayorga, chief of the National Association of Reforestadores told that "the first crops will bring between $6 and $10 million additional exports to the forestry industry, which in 2013 totaled $18 million."

"... In this first year the crops will be thinned, ie, trees with small diameters that impede the growth, in terms of thickness and height, of other species that will be harvested in the coming years will be cut," said Javier Lopez, from the company AgroForestal.

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Projections for the Forestry Trade

February 2018

Representatives of the union in Nicaragua announced that this year they plan to plant between 1,200 and 1,500 hectares, which will be added to the 28,000 already planted in recent years.

In relation to the plans for this year, Salvador Mayorga Sacasa, president of the National Reforestation Association, informed that " ..." this year we expect to increase by between 1,200 and 1,500 hectares. It's a small amount, really, because the country could grow in this sector much more.'"

Nicaragua: Procedures Eased for Forestry Sector

June 2017

It has been announced that in the coming weeks a system will be implemented that will allow online management of permits for exports of round and processed wood.

Representatives from the National Association of Reforestors (Confor) explained that the current process of obtaining export permits takes about 7 days, but with the new digital system, the time is expected to be reduced to two or three days.

Nicaragua: Reforesters Allowed to Cut and Export

May 2016

The government has made a distinction between the exploitation of natural forests and forest plantations, and has lifted the ban on transporting and exporting wood from the latter.

An article on reports that "... The government has withdrawn the ban on transporting and exporting forest products by reforesters in the country ...

Ban on Pine Harvesting Suspended in Nicaragua

October 2014

Through a decree the Ortega government has authorized the lifting for one year of the ban on harvesting, utilization and marketing of wood from pine trees in the country.

The ban was implemented ten years ago with the enactment of a law for both wood and pine trees as well as cedar, mahogany and kapok kapok, species for which the ban still applies.

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