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Gov’t implements measures to tackle forest crimes

By JT - Feb 10,2018 - Last updated at Feb 10,2018

Forestry land amount to 1.5 million dunums, of which 250,000 dunums are bare, 400,000 dunums are natural forests, 500,000 dunums are planted forests and 350,000 dunums are nature reserves, according to official figures (File photo)

AMMAN — The government has put in place more monitoring measures to prevent forest crimes, including the use of drones and surveillance cameras, Agriculture Minister Khalid Hneifat has said.

In an interview with Jordan TV’s 60 minutes programme, Hneifat added assaults on forests decreased by 30 per cent in 2017 compared with 2016. “This means the ministry has prevented 70 per cent of assaults on forests.”

The minister also said the agriculture sector has come first in the current prices index, achieving 16.5 per cent, 5.5 per cent and 9.7 per cent in the first, second and third quarters of 2017 respectively. 

Hneifat said that the ministry has taken other measures to ensure food safety including the establishment of labs to test locally produced and imported products.

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