The ManicaPost

Ray Bande, Senior Reporter

STATE-owned timber processing firm, Allied Timbers, has acquired US$550 000 worth of machinery as the company moves out of near dissolution.

The machinery, which includes five 20 tonne haulage trucks, four tractors and compressor, was officially handed over to the company units today by acting Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Cde Mangaliso Ndlovu.

Three of the trucks are meant for Erin Forest plantation in Nyangaa and two for Gwindingwe plantation in Chimanimani.

Allied Timbers has been reeling under low capacity utilisation over the years owing to obsolete machinery, low replanting rate and uncontrolled fires mainly caused by illegal settlers.