Concy Aber, a charcoal dealer at Cereleno market in Gulu town attributes the increase in charcoal prices to the reluctance of farmers in the villages to cut down trees.
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Charcoal prices in Gulu district have shot up
in the past two months.
A sack of
charcoal now costs between Shillings 35,000 and 55,000 from Shillings 25,000
while a basin costs 10,000 from 7000.
Concy Aber, a charcoal dealer at Cereleno
market in Gulu town attributes the increase in charcoal prices to the
reluctance of farmers in the villages to cut down trees.
He says most farmers are busy harvesting crops
from the fields and have little time to burn charcoal.
According to Aber, she
sells a sack of charcoal between Shillings 35,000 and 45,000 depending from
where she bought it from.
Beatrice Akumu, another dealer in Gulu town
attributes the increase in charcoal prices to dealers from Kampala who buy it
from the villages.
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The increase in charcoal prices has affected consumers. Kevin Onen, a resident of Gulu town says she now
spends Shillings 15,000 from 10,000 on a charcoal to prepare food in her
Onen says she had cut down on her dishes do minimize charcoal expenses.
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Christopher Ojara, another consumer from Layibi
division, says he has resorted to buying charcoal from the villages because of
the high cost in Gulu town.
Last year, Gulu, Amuru and Nwoya districts
passed by-laws regulating the cutting down of tree for charcoal burning to
control the massive destruction of trees.
Michael Ojok is a multi-channel reporter based in Gulu district (Northern Uganda). He is interested in humanitarian stories, culture, conflict, peace, environment, health and education.