The 2.1 million tons of charcoal Uganda produces , a threat to environment

A new survey indicates that Uganda produces a total of 2.1 million tons of charcoal annually, implying that over 80,000 hectares of forests are lost.

This is contained in the first National charcoal survey carried out in 2016 and released this year

The survey indicates that many Ugandans depend on biomass as the main source of energy for cooking with districts like Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga and Kiryandongo named as the top charcoal producing districts.

The survey also indicates that Kampala consumes half of the charcoal produced countrywide

The main source of wood for charcoal production is mainly from privately owned forests which negatively affects the country’s forest cover

Story by

Wycliffe Sebunya

November 13 2017