Busia County Government will embrace the use of Improved Cooking Stoves to save lives especially among the rural folks who still use traditional fuel for cooking.
The Department of Public Works, Roads and Energy will partner with the German GIZ Energizing development partners to realize this dream.
County Executive Committee Member in the Department Bernard Yaite said the improved cooking stoves are designed to draw off the smoke and toxins, thus creating a safe environment for women and children.
“The Improved cooking stove which is part of the project will help save energy by use of a few pieces fire wood. ” Two to three pieces of firewood can be used in the improved stoves compared to the amount used in the three stone fire, “he said.
As much as kerosene is expensive the rural residents find it expensive to buy the solar laps or install the stoves.
“The residents should look on the long term expenditure and realize the modern energy is less costly,” Yaite said .
The program trains technicians on technical and entrepreneurial skill which in turn creates job opportunities for them.
These technicians are available across the county in villages and it makes the installation process easier .
“Knowledge is power. Busia residents will benefit from the project since firewood is depleting,” Yaite added.
The GIZ EnDev cluster manager Everline Minikhu said the program targets rural livelihood to provide clean modern energy
“The energy from solar is clean and will not cause any side effects unlike the Kerosene which is commonly used. The stoves conserves heat . The two types Jiko kisasa and Roket stoves saves fuel up to 40%and 50% respectively,” she said.
She added that the stoves and solar energy is not only used in homes but can also be adopted in institutions and hotels.
“Kolanya Girls’ National School have adopted the program . They now have an installed rocket stove which consumes less energy, “Minikhu said.
Photos: Busia CEC for Public Works, Roads and Energy Bernard Yaite
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