The foreign exchange situation and fate of wood preservation in Nigeria

IRG/WP 3558

M A Odeyinde, S C Ifebueme

Up to about 15 years ago, wood utilization industry in Nigeria gave no serious thoughts to wood preservation. After this period however, as a result of escalated local demand for sawn timber, logs with wider sapwood and mainly of secondary tree species requiring protection of the sawn timber became dominant in the local timber scene. Preservatives both for protection in and out of ground contacts were available in the past in the market and at affordable prices. However, the value of local currency which has depreciated by about 86% within 48 months has made importation of preservatives a very expensive business. The paper suggests both short-term and long-term solutions for tackling the assult on the forest conservation programme which lack of wood preservation strategy has occasioned in Nigeria.


Keywords: AFRICA; FOREIGN EXCHANGE; NIGERIA; PLYWOOD; PROHIBITIVE COSTS; SAWN TIMBER; STRATEGIES; TIMBER SHORTAGE; WOOD PRESERVATION

Conference: 89-05-22/26 Lappeenranta, Finland


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