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Using Green Tech briquettes will save our forest, say beneficiaries

May 28, 2013, 9:57 AM | Article By: Abdourahman Sallah

Maimuna Jammeh, the mobiliser of Takulegay Women Group in Kerr Serign has said that using Green Tech Company-made briquettes will save Gambian forest, as it would reduce the demand on forestry resources.

She was speaking in an interview with our reporter over the weekend at her residence in Kerr Serign West Coast Region.

She said the group, which has for the past years been working with Green Tech Company received support from the company.

She disclosed that Green Tech Company has given the group 56 cooking pots as their contributions. The cooking pots, she explained, cost D350.00.

“We are working with Green Tech, they are giving us support and in fact they are also helping the local communities in Kerr Serign,”she stated.

The group, she explained, is using Green Tech briquettes to do their cooking at homes. The briquettes, Jammeh pointed out, is cheaper than firewoods and charcoals, as she called on Gambians to be using briquettes to save the forest.

Noting that the briquettes are easy to cook with, she said, “they only show little smoke and easily catch fire, once you understand how to use it.”

“Briquettes are environmentally friendly. The more we use briquettes, the more we are saving our farmers from shortfall of rain.

“We need to save our forest to avoid deforestation, because many Gambians are depending on farming,” she said, adding that “if we cut down all our trees, our country will be prone to desertification like other countries.”