Six hundred and seventy five households in Mukunashi area of Kasempa district have been trained in making energy saving stoves and rearing of improved goats to help in the generation of income flow directly into their communities.

Kasempa community mining and natural resources management Coordinator, Norman Katombela said the project seeks to help communities adopt energy saving stoves and conserve forests by using minimal firewood as opposed to the methods of preparing food on open fire.

Mr Katombela said Zambia loses about 90 percent of energy through the use of firewood while, the use of energy saving stoves will use minimal firewood thereby, promoting effective use of forests.

The project is being funded at a total cost of 44 thousand United States Dollars with support from United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Small Grants Project (SGP).

Mr Katombela told ZANIS in interview that the project has plans to extend to the entire district so as to help the country conserve and mitigate the effects of climate change.

“We hope to extend the project to the entire district after the one year period elapses as the projects will help the country mitigate the effects of climate change,” he said.

On the livestock component, the project has given all the 675 households of Mukunashi area improved breeds of female goats with the goal of reducing illegal poaching of wild life.

Mr Katombela explained that communities that live near the Kafue national parks and Kasonso Busanga planes are predominantly found conflicting with the law due to high rate of poaching hence, the project seeks to conserve biodiversity by promoting the use of domestic animals as an income generation.

“We are providing female and male goats to help communities that are reliant on wild animals to now depend on domestic animals and also sale their goats for income generation, this intervention will help stop poaching,” he noted.

He further added that, the project while working with other government departments is imparting knowledge on how to rear goats and get the nutritional value from the goat milk.

The project is expected to provide market leakages to the farmers by bringing buyers to the communities in order to allow cash flow within the communities.

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