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Cost estimating in sawmilling industries: guidelines








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    Improved value chain in African sawmilling industry - case no.2 2017
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    In order to develop the forest sector, it is important to concentrate on the whole value chain, from forest management and to the ready products. Also, in order to increase efficiency and profitability of the wood use while reducing the pressure on the forests, it is necessary to utilize as much of the harvested wood as possible. This can be done e.g. by developing efficient use of other than the most commonly used tree species, by using different parts from the trees for different products, by using process residuals for specific products and by utilizing remaining residues as fuel. Often, an industry located relatively close to the forest can form a basis for new, small and middle-scale enterprises working on products other than the original industry’s, thus generating more workplaces. The more value that in this way can be added to the harvested wood, the more potential financing can be directed to forest management. This fact sheet tells about a good example of such development in the African sawmilling industry.
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    Occupational health and safety strategy for sawmilling industries in Uganda 2021
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    Downstream log processing is poorly developed in Uganda, mainly dominated by many small-scale informal sawmills. Timber processing can be a hazardous occupation, with hazards from the use of machinery, handling heavy materials, working at heights and exposure to dust, noise and chemicals, potentially harmful events can happen at any time. Such occupational health risks are expected to be higher in developing countries than in the industrialized countries, mainly due to socioeconomic and political differences. Small-scale sawmillers are usually mainly focused on remaining profitable, and other considerations, such as safety, are not high priority. This report provides expert advice and technical assistance to support forestry officials, sawmill managers and supervisors to acquire skills and knowledge in downstream processing and utilization. It features elements such as hazard identification exercises for wood processing industries in Uganda and identifying hazard reduction measures in wood processing industries. The report focusses on the development of an occupational health and safety strategy for downstream processing in Uganda, with a specific focus on pine sawmilling, as per the focus of the SPGS programme.

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