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Apac Bans Charcoal Burning

The decision was approved by the District Executive Committee and seeks to promote environmental conservation in the district by protecting local forest reserves, community and private forests which were on the verge of exhaustion by the massive destruction of forests.
A photo of local people loading charcoal bags into a Lorry truck
Apac district has banned charcoal burning and sale.

The decision was approved by the District Executive Committee. The ban seeks to promote environmental conservation in the district by protecting local forest reserves, community and private forests which were on the verge of exhaustion by the massive destruction of forests.

Charcoal burning is common in the sub-counties of Akokoro, Ibuje, Chegere and Inomo.

Daily, more than 20 trucks loaded with charcoal leave Apac district through Masindi port to the Central region.

Asante Odongo, the Apac district vice chairperson says that the district's environmental degradation is rampant with little revenue collection. He explains that although charcoal burning is rampant, the district has continued to record low revenue collection.

He said that effective next year, nobody shall be allowed to burn or trade in charcoal business.

Beatrice Akello, the Apac Resident District Commissioner said the ban shall be effectively enforced. She welcomed the decision saying that the environmental police at North Kyoga Regional police have been notified to intensify operations.

Joshua Ssendawula, the Environmental Police commander at North Kyoga regional headquarters said the resolution shall boost their operation against environmental degradation.

He says they will soon embark on community sensitization against environmental degradation and wetland encroachment.

Charcoal burning is a lucrative income generating activity common among rural communities in Apac district especially.

A bag of a single packed sack of charcoal costs between shillings 20,000 and 25,000 shillings while a double packed bag is sold at 35,000 and 40,000 shillings in the district.

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