Rwanda begins campaign to reduce use of firewood

by Daily Nation

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A woman carries firewood in Kisumu. Rwanda has begun a campaign to reduce the use of firewood for cooking while promoting other technologies such as gas and energy saving stoves to limit deforestation. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

KIGALI – Rwanda has begun a campaign to reduce the use of firewood for cooking while promoting other technologies such as gas and energy saving stoves to limit deforestation.

Minister of Land and forestry Francine Tumushime announced the above at a stakeholders meeting in the capital city of Kigali.

She decried the fact that forests in the east African country are being harvested before maturity largely for cooking purposes.

According to the ministry, 83 per cent of Rwandans use firewood for cooking currently, against less than 20 per cent using other cooking technologies such as biogas, gas and energy saving stoves. The minister said there is need to reduce the use of woods to save trees harvested before maturity for cooking purposes.

COOKING TECHNOLOGIES

“We are going to put more effort in creating more cooking technologies which use less combustible, like improved stoves, including making gas available to people depending on their means,” she said.

The campaign will involve planting more trees which will be catered for to ensure they mature before being felled. Rwanda will next month launch national forest planting season 2017/2018, in which more than 45,000 hectares of agro forests will be planted especially in eastern Rwanda.

According to the ministry, the current country forests cover stands at 704,997 hectares, equivalent to 29.6 per cent, of which planted forests constitute 17.7 per cent and 11.9 percent are natural forests.

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  1. Subject: “Rwanda begins campaign to reduce use of firewood” by Daily Nation, Sep 27, 2017

    Commentary, 29 Sept 2017

    The following commentary is not DIRECTLY related to the above subject Title.
    What follow is what an African Dictator is using to liquidate [set on Fire) the people of Rwanda, one by one — and if necessary by mass murder. The horror secrete history of the liquidation of 800,000 of Rwandan people IS YET to be revealed — chapters and verses. Perpetrators of THAT CRIME will go to the extreme length to keep it buried for ever and ever — AT ANY HORROR COST

    The President of Rwanda is the absolute ruthless Dictator with no match by anyone in the annals of African Dictatorship. It is doubtful that another one will be born!!!

    An Article is written in The Washington Post, dated 29 Sept 2017 by Fred Muvunyi and entitled: “She tried to run against Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Now she’s looking at 20 years in prison”
    It worth reading by any African who has — a least — an ounce of feeling to, and care for, Mother AFRICA. We know that African Leaders, African Union, African Regional Groups, and the African Intellectuals of the Highest Order are second to useless. It is a FACT of Africa.

    But surely there must be a way out for THE AFRICAN RACE — a way to shade a glimpse of light upon the so-named “The Dark” Continent of Africa. THERE MUST BE.

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