Zimbabwe wants to use cooking gas as an alternative to wood for curing tobacco

(Ecofin Agency) – In Zimbabwe, the executive plans to substitute cooking gas for wood for drying tobacco leaves, the country’s main cash crop, reports Bloomberg. This initiative is part of a strategy to curb deforestation.

To this end, the tobacco office wants to set up a tobacco drying plant using cooking gas as fuel as of the next campaign. According to Chelesani Moyo, spokesperson for the public body, the facility will process tobacco from a 50-hectare plantation in its experimental phase.

In Zimbabwe, the executive estimates that the tobacco industry contributes to the destruction of an area of ​​forest comprising between 40,000 and 52,000 hectares each year.

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