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Gov't halts charcoal exports from Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter



The Government has halted the export of charcoal from Jamaica.




In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament this afternoon Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, said charcoal production was having a negative impact on the country's forests and watershed.



Pickersgill says the decision was made in February to prohibit the export of charcoal from Jamaica.



According to Pickersgill one country was demanding 40 containers of charcoal per month. "This would have certainly served to devastate our watersheds and create a negative impact on our environment".



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