The Minister of State for Finance in charge of investments and privatization, Evelyn Anite has on Tuesday visited the eco stove manufacturing plant in Bujuko, Mpigi district.
Anite said the plant has devised safe and environment friendly means of cooking to address deforestation, indoor air pollution (IAP) and other adverse effects associated with non renewable biomass energy like charcoal stove use in urban areas and open earth fire systems in most rural settings.
“Today, I visited the Eco Stove Manufacturing Plant which makes eco-stoves that interestingly use volcanic rocks not charcoal,” said Anite.
Two handfuls of rocks used in the eco stoves as charcoal last for two years according to the plant’s country director, Rose Twine.
Twine said charcoal is only used to hit the rocks, which do the actual cooking with regulation options.
“The eco stoves are not only environment friendly but also have the potential to reduce on the charcoal bill by 75%,” said Ms. Twine.
The volcanic rocks used in eco stoves are mainly extracted from Kisoro district and are abundantly available in the whole of the East African Right Valley area.
Anite noted that the making of environmental friendly energy is a critical component of the NRM manifesto of securing the future.
“I had to leave the campaign trail and come here to witness one of the milestones being achieved by the NRM Government’s deliberate efforts to secure the future. Safe environment and a healthy population is what NRM stands for,” said Anite.
Adding: “Indoor air pollution is dangerous to our health and affects productivity.”
According to available statistics, 90% of the rural population in Uganda doesn’t have access to clean cooking stoves hence relying on unsafe biomass means. Indoor air pollution accounts for 19,000 health cases and fatalities annually.
Eco Group Ltd started manufacturing eco-stoves in 2010 and are currently supplying the army, prisons and others. They also manufacture security doors, cottage industry machinery like bar soap machines, animal feeds machines, maize mills and concrete block machines among others.