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Govt helps small timber product firms get SVLK certification

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 3 2012   /  10:56 am

Small-scale businesses that work with wood, such as handicraft producers in Bali and furniture makers in Jepara, East Java, will be able to get their products certified now that the government is subsidizing those who join its certification program.

The government has allocated Rp 3 billion (US$316,856.78) from the state budget to help small-scale producers obtain Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) certification, Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

“Small-scale producers can participate and establish a cooperative to apply for group SVLK certification. The government will bear the expense and is ready to disburse the funds soon,” he announced after launching the Timber Legality Verification Information System.

The government introduced the SVLK in 2010 as part of a move to curb rampant illegal logging in the country. The certif...