Nation to produce first ever plant oil cook stove

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Nation to produce first ever plant oil cook stove
The Ministry of Water and Energy, the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre and Addis Ababa University are jointly working to establish a factory in Ethiopia to produce plant oil cook stoves. The ministry’s Biofuel Development Coordination Director, Nadew Tadele, said that the plant oil cook stove has an indispensable role for ecological, economical, and sociological benefits by decreasing wood consumption for cooking purposes which  results in the  deforestation of large areas. He said the cooking stove enables one to replace kerosene with bio fuel. Importing such expensive commodities from abroad has an impact on a low income society. Thus, the project is really important for the nation as a whole, he said. The centre, which is in charge of producing the plant oil cook stove in Ethiopia, said that it is about to import 50 plant oil cook stoves from Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate (BSH), a German company operating in Indonesia. In addition, 6,000 cooking stoves have been ordered so far to gain new dimensions to build the plant. According to the agreement reached with the company, the factory will be established in Bati, Ethiopia. Bati was selected as it is known for its jatropha plantation. In this regard, 300 organized farmers were producing jatropha, which will be used as an input. The task would be duplicated in other parts of the country. The factory will have the capacity to produce 25,000 cook stoves annually.
(The Ethiopian Herald)