This year’s sandalwood season has commenced on 6 May and will end on October 6, 2019.
This is the period where cutting is permitted for three months with an additional three months for trading and exporting, said the Director of the Department of Forestry (DOF), Rexson Vira.
“The allowable quota for this year is 60 metric tonnes.
“The minimum price that must be paid to growers is about Vt2,000 per kilo and one must not go below that price.
“The minimum price for grade 1 heartwood is Vt4,000 per kilo, Vt3,000 per kilo for grade 2 heartwood and Vt2,000 per kilo for grade 3 heartwood.
Under the Sandalwood order, an individual wanting to purchase and export sandalwood heartwood in Vanuatu must acquire a license.
Director Vira said a person who contravenes this order is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Vt100,000.