Government has strongly condemned the illegal exportation of the Mukula tree in Eastern Province.
Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone, says that intelligence has revealed that the tree is being used for medicinal purposes in China.
Mr Sichone says that it is unfortunate that Zambians are illegally selling the wood at a cheap price despite the consequences of their action.
He says that deforestation has caused climate change in the region, and called upon villagers in the Province to desist from selling the commodity.
Mr Sichone was speaking during a hand over ceremony of 500 bicycles in Kasenengwa yesterday by World Bicycles Relief.
Meanwhile, Country Director, Brian Moonga observed that bicycles play a crucial role in the province because of the economic benefit they bring.