Govt reaffirms commitment to end use of charcoal in Hai

11Aug 2020
The Guardian
Govt reaffirms commitment to end use of charcoal in Hai

​​​​​​​THE government has expressed its commitment towards ending use of charcoal in Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region by establishing a special campaign to sensitise households to use alternative energy sources.

Alfred Njigite.

The campaign has already started attracting residents as they are now investing into turning rejected crop and tree products into sources of energy.

Explaining on the campaign, the environmental officer for the district Alfred Njigite said the campaign will help in controlling an alarming environmental degradation that is going on in the district.

“We want to ensure that we have an alternative source of energy on our daily activities because the goal number 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocates for alternative sources which are sustainable,” he said.

He said it is possible for households to stop using charcoal and firewood because there are other energy sources which can perform the same duties.

For his part, the natural resources officer for the district Mbayani Mollel speaking on the same urged the residents to choose alternative energy source to conserve the environment.

He hailed Mlangiri Secondary School from Arusha for innovating a new way of creating alternative charcoal through residues which are now being used for preparing food for teachers and students.

Earlier, the director for Ashael Investment which works on creation of alternative charcoal Asha Lukumay said the alternative charcoal has been very essential in environmental conservation including hygiene.

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