Indonesian timber companies have been hit by a devastating outbreak of the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 200 people and displaced millions more.
The disease has hit Indonesia’s timber industry hard, particularly in the southern regions, where many industries rely on logging for jobs and income.
The virus has also affected the timber industry’s ability to handle the wood being harvested.
The mainstay of the timber industries in Indonesia is the logging industry, which is the largest single sector of the economy and employs nearly 90,000 people.
In recent years, however, Indonesia’s economy has seen a drop in timber production due to the global financial crisis.
More than 40 percent of the country’s forest area has been logged, down from an average of over 90 percent in the 1970s.
The loss of the forest is expected to further impact the livelihoods of the indigenous people of the area.
“The forest sector is still being protected, so it’s a very important part of the livelihood of the people.
People have been affected by the virus.
They’re being asked to work for little or no pay,” said Jafar Gazi, director of the Indonesia Forestry Association (IFA), an NGO that promotes sustainable forestry practices in the country.”
They are being asked, ‘Do you want to work here or will you die?'”
Gazi said that the virus has been particularly devastating to those logging and processing industries.
He said that most of the affected companies are small and small-scale businesses, and that most affected people in the affected areas have not yet been contacted.
“People don’t want to take the risk of contracting the virus,” he said.
“Some of them have already been infected, but we are trying to get them into quarantine and quarantine is the only way to get people to stay safe.”
But for many in the timber sector, the impact of the virus is already having an impact on their livelihoods.
For many in Indonesia, logging is the biggest source of income for their families, but the industry is facing a financial crisis that has forced many to reduce the amount of wood they cut down.
The decline of timber revenue is a major concern in the region, which relies heavily on timber exports.
Jakarta-based timber broker Moksa Pangiratta said that while there were many factors to consider when considering the viability of logging operations in the south, the virus had forced many of his clients to consider that their businesses would be less viable.
“Many of the companies we work with are small-medium and medium-sized businesses, so we do have to consider our profitability,” he told Al Jazeera.
“It’s hard for them to be able to survive the situation that we are in right now, which we’re seeing in the South East.”
A spokesperson for the Indonesian Forestry Association said that they were not yet able to provide any statistics on the numbers of infected people in their region due to privacy restrictions, but that it was difficult to get a full picture of the situation due to “the current state of health”.
“The number of infections is extremely high,” said the spokesperson, adding that many of the infected people had been referred to the national public health agency for further testing.
“But we have received many reports of people coming to us, who we are able to confirm have the virus and they have not been able to take care of themselves.”‘
We cannot stop them’The spokesperson added that the affected communities had also been told by the government to stop logging in the forests they were working in.
“We cannot prevent people from going to the forest,” he explained.
“If you want the forest to be healthy, you have to make sure that people are not working there.
If you can’t make them do that, you cannot make them work there.”
For Gazi and other timber brokers in the Indonesian timber industry, the economic fallout of the pandemic has meant a sharp drop in their business, and their ability to maintain a stable business model.
“There is no more money.
People cannot go and buy anything,” Gazi said.
“There is absolutely no money in the economy.
We cannot stop people from logging.
If we had, it would have been a problem earlier.”
I think the governments are trying their best to prevent us from going into the forests, but it is impossible for them.
“In the past, we have had no problems at all with the virus, but now we are seeing a huge increase in the number of cases.
People are not able to work.
There is not enough money to keep our companies going.”‘
There’s no money’But for those in the logging and timber industry who are unable to work, the uncertainty and the economic losses are a daily struggle.
“All of us here have a lot of family members that have died because of the disease.
They are our brothers and sisters,” said Gazi.”
Even though we are