WOOD TO THE RESCUE OF TIMBER INDUSTRIES
Compared with other resources (forest plantations, home gardens etc.),
rubber plantations as a source of timber to the timber based industries
take a leading position. Easy and ready accessibility, added to the wide
acceptability and applicability of its wood working properties makes rubber
wood the industrialist's prime choice.
While plantation management is required to obtain higher yields and higher
grades of timber from the plantation, the timber industries are expected
to have a more rational and an integrated approach in the use of much
sought after woods.
The paper discusses the avenues available to the industrialists to use
rubber wood in the areas of small log sawing, improved sawing, techniques,
minimizing waste, waste utilization, value addition, improved chemical
treatment and kiln drying methods, obtaining a higher value of products
from the same unit volume of wood.
Department of Forestry and Environmental Science,
of Sri Jayewardenepura,Sri Lanka. 1999. All rights reserved.