The Malawi government says it plans to replace charcoal with a biomass in a bid to conserve the country’s forests.
According to the minister of natural resources, energy and mining Bright Msaka, government has plans to start manufacturing the modern wood called briquettes which will be made from trash.
Msaka said government thought of introducing the briquettes considering the high levels of deforestation in the country and claimed that this is the only way of conserving the trees.
According to the minister, this means the making and selling of charcoal will completely be banned. He said government will make sure that charcoal sellers have some other businesses to do.
“We know they rely on charcoal but the recognition doesn’t mean this is good. We just want to help them with some machines for the production of briquettes which is made from leaves, grass and other things,” said Msaka.
The government has been arresting charcoal sellers and confiscating the charcoal as a way of trying to curb the practice which according to authorities has contributed to climate change.