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Gulu Archdiocese Starts Producing Green Fuel

Pravin Kekhal, the Executive Director Burkona Factory explained to URN that they were driven by the increasing demands for firewood and charcoal for home use and commercial purposes which has led to the massive destruction of trees and forest cover in the country.
Burkona Factory Marking Director Bhagyan Kekal displaying how the green fuel works. Photo by Emmy Daniel Ojara

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Gulu Archdiocese has entered into partnership with the Nwoya based Burkona Agro Processors Limited to produce green fuel.

  

The green fuel is produced from dry cassava chips for uses in local stoves. 

  

The two entities say that they entered the partnership in a bid to curb the high level of forest depletion following the increasing demands for charcoal and firewood.  

Through the partnership, Gulu Archdiocese through the Acholi-Bur Parish Project (APP) will grow cassava and cheaply provide dry cassava chips to Burkona Factory.  

His Grace John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop for Gulu told URN that the APP has more than 6,900 registered farmers across the Acholi Sub Region who will grow cassava and sell to the factory to ensure consistent supply.  

 

The farmers are also receiving cassava cuttings support and funding from the government under the Operation Wealth Creation -OWC through the Ministry of Agriculture Animal, Industries and Fisheries (MAAIF).  

The Archbishop disclosed that the government last week allocated three billion shillings to the Acholibur Parish Project to facilitate cassava growth and the environmentally friendly initiative.   

Pravin Kekhal, the Executive Director Burkona Factory explained to URN that they were driven by the increasing demands for firewood and charcoal for home use and commercial purposes which has led to the massive destruction of trees and forest covers in the country. 

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He disclosed that in their assessment, they discovered that Uganda will be able to save between 6,000 to 7,000 acres of forest annually as people will shift from the use of charcoal to the ethanol cook stoves. 

 

Bhagyan Kekal, the Marketing Director Burkona Factory disclosed that they have already produced several liters of the green fuel and hundreds of its stoves and a test conducted discovered each liter can cook at least five meals a day and lasts between 5 to 8 hours.

He explained that once fully unveiled, each liter of the green fuel will be sold at approximately three thousand six hundred shillings (one US Dollar) adding that it is environmentally friendly and does not emit smoke.

  

Situated in Lapem Village, Koch Goma Sub County, Bukona Agro Processors Limited was established in 2014 and commissioned in March 2019 with the initial intention to produce 30,000 liters of distilled from cassava starch per day.

    

Abraham Odur, the Forest Supervisor for the Aswa River Range is happy that such development would save Uganda`s forest cover from destruction as it will curb the demand for firewood and charcoal which are widely used by almost all households.

 

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Tony Blair Onencan from the Forest Sub Ward in Pece-Laroo division in Gulu City says that the reliance on charcoal for energy is threatening to the environment and requires other friendly alternatives.

 

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But Santa Acan has asked the developers of the new technology to sell the product at a reduced price lest it won`t meet its goal due to unaffordability. 

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Uganda has been reported to be losing approximately 90,000 hectares of forest cover between 1990 and 2010 annually majorly for charcoal production, fire woods, timbers and settlement. 

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