North Western Province Permanent Secretary Willies Mangimela said the illegal timber harvesting going on in North Western Province was worrying.
He said the illegal timber harvesting does not only disadvantage government but also affects the concession license holders.
Mangimela said it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the timber in the province adding that the illegal business also has an impact on climate change.
He was speaking in Zambezi District when he met timber concession license holders to understand their operations.
Mangimela has since called on traditional leaders to come on board and assist in sensitizing people on the dangers of illegal timber harvesting.
He has further encouraged timber concession license holders to plough back into communities where they are doing business.
And Provincial Principal Forestry Officer Maxwell Phiri said the province has 20 timber concession license holders who are involved in timber business.
Phiri however said the province has witnessed a high number of people getting involved in illegal timber business because Government has not advertised new concessions especially in Manyinga, Kabompo and Zambezi districts.