HOHOE: Women empowered to enter into bamboo charcoal business
A new programme to help empower women to enter into bamboo charcoal business has been launched in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region.

Date Created : 3/14/2018 4:43:11 AM : Story Author : Susana Danso

The project, which is being spearheaded by the Member of Parliament for the Area, Bernice Adiku Heloo, is expected to make bamboo charcoal processing faster than the known charcoal made from other plants.

Speaking at the programme held in Fodome, a community in the Hohoe municipality, Ms Heloo indicated that the introduction of the project was informed by the need to protect the environment, by halting the indiscriminate felling of trees for charcoal production.

“The project is aimed at empowering the people especially women," she stressed.

She was of the view that, bamboo planting would help reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, thereby helping to address global warming.

The Municipal Chief Executive for Hohoe, Andrew Terry Ofori, lauded the initiative by the MP and promised that the Assembly will collaborate with her to make the project successful.

"We will do our possible best as an Assembly to help our people to make sure that dream of our MP is achieved,” Mr Ofori said.

Bamboo charcoal is common in areas where bamboo plants are abundant. The bamboo is harvested after at least five years and burned in ovens to turn them into charcoal.

The use of charcoal made from bamboo is environmentally friendly as less pollution is released into the atmosphere during use.