Plywood Forum Request Govt. to Phase out use of Methyl Bromide

Plywood Forum Request Govt. to Phase out use of Methyl Bromide

B Swaminathan

This Federation is the apex body of Plywood and Panel Industry manufacturers including other wood products. It is one of the key representing agencies of all leading industry players who had requested the Union government on the phasing out the use of Methyl Bromide.

In a letter to Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment and Forest, the forum has said, “ With the recent boom in th agro-forestry / plantation programs initiated and promoted by MoEF&CC in the country, presently India has enough wood based raw materials (almost 85-90% of total demand of plywood and panel sector) to meet the industrial wood demand on the sustainable basis. However, in order to meet the requirement of face / decorative veneer which is only 5-7% of total demand it has now become essential to import logs.”

The association also claims that there are several countries like Germany, Denmark, EU nations which are rich in plantation timber resources and keen to export timber to India but due to existing PQ regulation, which insists mandatory fumigation on imported logs by methyl bromide, they are not able to fulfill the fumigation requirement.

The association also points out that several international bodies such as International Plant Protection Convention (IPCC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Montreal Protocol on Substances have recognized that methyl bromide depletes the Ozone layer and have adverse impact on human, plant and animal health as well as on the environment.

“India, being signatory to Montreal Protocol assured to phase out use of Methyl Bromide by 2015, however it is still mandatory in India to do the fumigation of logs/timbers with MB chemical. Several countries worldwide including European Union (EU), China, Suriname and many of the African countries have phased out use of MB and substituted with other chemicals such as sulfuryl fluoride.”, the communication to the central minister adds.

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