Deforestation – Tobacco drying: Zimbabwe could use cooking gas as an alternative to wood – VivAfrik

The government of Zimbabwe plans to substitute cooking gas for wood for drying tobacco leaves, the country’s main cash crop. This was reported by Bloomberg, which states that this initiative is part of a strategy to curb deforestation.

It is in this perspective that the tobacco office wants to set up a tobacco drying plant using cooking gas as fuel from the next campaign. Indeed, the spokesperson for the public body, Chelesani Moyo, pointed out that the installation will process tobacco from a 50-hectare plantation in its experimental phase.

The tobacco industry contributes to the destruction of an area of ​​forests comprising between 40,000 and 52,000 hectares every year, Zimbabwe’s executive has revealed.

Moctar FICOU / VivAfrik

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