Ef­fi­cient stoves to be dis­trib­uted for free in 3 re­gions

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - JUNE 8, 2018 MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

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.

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