Efficient stoves to be distributed for free in 3 regions
FREE efficient cook stoves will be distributed to villages in three regions starting in July, said U Ba Kaung, deputy director general of the Department of Greening Tropical Area, at a ceremony in Patheingyi township, Mandalay Region, on Monday.
The launch was attended by U Ohn Win, minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Mandalay Chief Minister U Zaw Myint Maung and others.
“In July, efficient cook stoves will be distributed in villages. It will reduce firewood use and decrease the risk of fires while protecting the environment,” he said.
The programme is jointly conducted by South Korea’s Climate Change Centre (CCC) and the department. The stoves rely on CCC technology, and the project will be financed by four Korean companies under an agreement signed on April 4.
The project will span six years, from 2018 to 2023, and cost US$1.2 million a year or a total of $7.2 million.
The distribution will begin with villages in Myingyan and Yamethin townships of Mandalay Region, Pakkoku and Magwe townships of Magwe Region, and Sagaing and Monywa townships of Sagaing Region. A total of 216,000 households will receive the fuel-efficient stoves.
“These stoves will mainly be distributed to villages that do not have access to electricity. It’s easy to commute in these villages. We have selected 200 villages for now,” said U Ba Kaung.
Throughout the project, a total of 18,000 stoves will be distributed in each township, totalling 540,000 stoves over the course of six years.
The stoves are being manufactured using South Korean technology in Kyauk Myaung township of Sagaing. The estimated cost of one stove is between $4 and $5, said U Ba Kaung.
The ruling National League for Democracy government has been working with international humanitarian agencies to find ways to help improve the lives of the country’s impoverished millions.