The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism has warned charcoal producers contravening the regulation on charcoal production during the fire season, which commenced on 01 May 2022, saying perpetrators will be liable for prosecution under the Forest Act. With Namibia having received higher-than-average rainfall during the 2021/2022 season Director of Forestry in the ministry, Johnson Ndokosho called on producers “to manage and control the area where charcoal is burned”. Included in the guidelines issued to producers is that charcoal burners must be trained on basic firefighting, and all neighbours must be informed before charcoal production starts.
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