New cooking stoves reduces households’ wood fuel dependence

23Jun 2022
The Guardian
New cooking stoves reduces households’ wood fuel dependence

MORE than 1,800 households in three villages of Mkinga district bordering Nilo Nature Forest Reserve have benefitted from the cooking stoves made by the new technology designed to reduce the dependence of wood fuel that contributes to deforestation.

The villages that benefitted from the project include Bosha Kwemtindi, Boza and Kuze whose villagers received the stoves said they have been big saviour for them because apart to the reduction in the use of wood fuel, but also they have helped women to get time for other development activities instead of spending a lot of time looking for firewood.

Bosha Kwemtindi Village Chairperson, Ramadhani Shembiu said the cooking stoves have now become a source of income to the villagers who were trained to construct them and many of them are hired to construct them for residents of neighbouring villages.

“For three years now; I have been using this cooking stove, it has helped me a lot because in the past I used to go to the forest every day to fetch for firewood, but now when I bring in one load of firewood I can stay for more than two weeks before I again go to the forest,” said Mwanaisha Hashim, a Bosha Kwemtindi villager.

The Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) is the facilitator of the project in efforts to control environmental destruction of Nilo Nature Reserve which apart from being home to various tourist attractions including waterfalls, and various species of birds, but also it has been of a great benefit to the nearby residents who use its waters for home use and irrigation.

EAMCEF Northern Zone Projects Officer, Margrethe Victor said apart from the invented cooking stoves they aim to construct for every household, the Fund also has been empowering them to have alternative projects that do not compel them to harvest the existing resources from the forest.

According to her, the projects include beekeeping fruits farming and training the youth as tour guides.

For his part, Nilo Nature Reserve Tourist official, Wema Felix said the EAMCEF project has to a great percentage helped in the restoration of the natural vegetation to the 6,025-hectare Reserve that was established by law in 2007 under Tanzania Forest services Agency (TFA).

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