In an attempt to conserve the environment, a third year student at Chancellor College has developed a stove which will be using litter and maize husks.
In his remarks during the official launch of the stove on Wednesday, the student, Vincent Sinalo, said he came up with the idea to make the stove after noticing that trees are getting depleted since many people use charcoal and firewood for cooking.
He said Malawi is facing several environmental issues due to wanton cutting down of trees for charcoal burning.
Sinalo observed that deforestation has been on the rise due to the absence of good alternatives to charcoal.
“Government has been pleading with people in the country to stop using charcoal but the question is if the people stop using charcoal what will be the other alternatives,” Sinalo said.
He therefore said that the stove has been introduced as an alternative to charcoal burners in order to reduce deforestation.
The student added that the stove is not difficult to use since it uses litter which everyone considers as rubbish.
One of the lecturers at the college Mtamandeni Mtambalika said he is happy that students at the university are using skills which they gained in class.