Mzuzu: Timange Community Based Organisation (CBO) of Nkhata Bay District has embarked on a distribution exercise of energy saving stoves dabbed Chitetezo Mbaula to communities of Kanthete in the area of Traditional Authority Kabunduli in the district.
Speaking Wednesday in an interview with Malawi News Agency, the Programs Director of Environment of Timange CBO, Muzah Thole said the organization decided to distribute the stoves in abid to contribute towards government’ efforts in curbing deforestation.
These stoves are environmentally friendly as they require less amount of wood to produce heat enough for cooking, said Thole.
He said house hold use local cooking places which require more wood pieces for their effectiveness, thereby making people cut more trees in search for more fire wood.
Communities search for more fire wood and charcoal for the local cooking places and ordinary cooking stoves respectively remains one of the contributing factors to deforestation in the district, hence the intervention, he said.
Thole added that the stoves produce less smoke thereby preventing users from suffering from respiratory related diseases.
He said besides distributing the stoves, has plans to train communities in moulding such stoves so that the initiative is owned by several households in the district.
Thole said training communities in moulding the stoves will have a multiplier effect of the initiative thereby registering decreased environmental degradation within short term period.
Commenting on the development, Nkhata Bay District Forest Officer (DFO), Catherine Msuku commended the organisation for the initiative saying it will contribute towards conserving the environment apart from improving people’s livelihoods.
She then advised the organisation to work closely with the benefitting communities to ensure success of the project.
There is need for communities to own the intervention for the initiative to register significant impact, said Msuku.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA