As one way of conserving the country’s forests, the Ministry of Energy, Natural Resources and Mining has urged Malawians to turn to domestic gas for cooking as a replacement for charcoal, which is resulting in the felling of trees.
“Gas is the most preferred alternative source of energy for domestic use. There is now a stable and regular supply of electricity into homes and we appreciate the government’s strategy in making sure hydro-electric power supply capacity is improved,” said Minister of Energy spokesperson, Sangwani Phiri
Research has shown that more than 140,000 tonnes of charcoal are produced every year in Malawi. Environmentalists say this is resulting in loss of about 50,000 hectares of indigenous forest every year, the highest deforestation rate in Southern Africa.
Phiri said Malawi’s energy market is rich in energy sources; hence, the need to migrate from charcoal cooking to gas cooking.
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