Well-known timber magnate Try Pheap is preparing to expand cross-country with a scheme that already gives him exclusive rights to buy all the wood felled on economic land concessions (ELCs) in Ratanakkiri province, a spokesman for the businessman said. The Agriculture Ministry’s Forestry Administration in February gave Try Pheap Import Export the exclusive rights to buy all the lumber harvested on ELCs across Ratanakkiri, where Mr. Pheap owns two ELCs of his own. Government officials said the deal would help to curb the province’s rampant illegal logging trade. But local residents and human rights groups say the past
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