Efficient cook stove program launched

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum poses with women of Kalokolevu Village outside Lami with their efficient cooking wood stoves yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

About 60,000 families living in traditional villages, farming communities and informal settlements, will receive wood-burning efficient cook stoves under the Improved Cook Stove Program in Fiji.

The program is funded by the Korea Carbon Management Ltd, a renowned pioneer in the Korean emissions trading scheme.

The local service provider and distributor is Kasabias Pte Ltd.

Yesterday, the Attorney-General and minister responsible for climate change mitigation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum handed over the stoves to 78 women from Kalokolevu Village outside Lami, marking the official launch of the Improved Cook Stove Program in Fiji.

“This stove that we are launching today will burn less wood to get more fire, more heat and cooks meals faster than conventional outdoor fireplaces due to its increased thermal efficiency,” said Mr Sayed-Khaiyum.

Kasabias general manager Ajay Chawla said they would provide community training on the use of the cook stove. Villager Lenisa Masi, 40, said she was looking forward to saving money and “cooking made easier”.

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