This branch is engaged in developing wood conserving techniques through improving the use of waste generated in mills and forests and of local and exotic timbers of low quality in manufacture of board products (plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, laminated wood, cement-bonded boards, gypsum boards and medium density fiberboards) of desired properties. It has one Assistant Composite Wood Officer, one Assistant Wood Technology Officer and one Field Assistant, who in addition to conducting research and education in the subject, hold short courses and advise on matters relating to efficient use of wood for board products. It aims to improve the wood utilization practices by improving the use of commercially less important timbers which have no use other than fuel and to develop techniques for reducing wastage of quality timbers already in use. The purpose of improvement of wood utilization practices is to increase qualitative and quantitative production of the local wood industry.
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