Kibaha. The government has been advised to reconsider it’s decision of banning charcoal movement from one district to another, because majority of Tanzanians depend on the product for cooking as well as earning a living.
Soga Village Natural Resource committee member Mr Subira Juma said that they are currently protecting the Ruvu South natural forest from degradation, but still there are forest plantations that can be used to produce charcoal. According to him, majority of people cannot afford other sources of energy like gas and electricity and therefore depending charcoal as source of cooking.
“If the government pushes through with its plan, people will be forced to smuggle in the goods as they depend sorely on the business to survive and the decision has come in abruptly without giving them time to adjust,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Tanzania Forestry Agency (TFS) CEO Prof Santos Dilate said that government was still in a process of drafting a plan that will ensure cities that cannot produce charcoal are able to access the product ones the government notice to regulate movement of charcoal from one district to another comes into effect.
He refuted claims that the government planned to ban use of charcoal in the country effective July 1, this year.
He stressed the government has banned movement of charcoal from one district to another district in a bid to restrict supply and promote alternative use of other energy sources.
“Charcoal is an important source of energy in the country and that is why the government has been promoting production of charcoal in a sustainable way,” he said.
He noted that permits for natural forestry are issued on agreement to strengthen the harvested area and that production of charcoal should ensure there is no environmental impact.
In view of this, he stressed that the government was looking at alternative sources of energy like gas and electricity while at the same time promoting use of forest plantations, rubbish from industries and homes for production of charcoal.
Prof. Silayo said that following the government order to not transport charcoal from one district to another, they were in a process of preparing a government notice as they come up with a plan on how the order will be implemented.