Kenyan timber traders have urged the government to lift a logging ban to prevent mature trees in forests from rotting.

The Association of Timber Manufacturers said species such as pine had to be harvested once mature.

It said a continued ban, orginally implemented five years ago to prevent forest destruction, would be counterproductive.

But it thanked the government for allowing sawmills to harvest in the Ndoinet forest in Nakuru district, which it said could earn the government Sh95m annually.