Burning Issue: Promoting the use of Fuel-Efficient Stoves in Melghat 

Forest dwelling communities are totally dependent on fire wood for meeting with their daily needs. Local communities in Melghat are no exception to this. Lopping trees or cutting of trees for firewood impacts biodiversity conservation in the area and also disturbs the wildlife.  WRCS is promoting the use of sustainable cooking methods in communities for a long time. In October 2016, WRCS conducted the first workshop on Fuel-efficient stoves in Kanjoli Village which was well received and appreciated by the local people.  In December 2017, we conducted the second follow up workshop to train members of other villages. This work is being carried out under  “Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Program” with the help of ‘Samuchit Enviro Tech Pvt Ltd’ as a technical partner.

Samuchit has developed various models of efficient cooking stove, out of which two were discussed in the workshop.

  1. Laxmi single burner stove: This is created from mud that is cast using a mold 

  2. Laxmi double burner stove: This is cast from the same mold but has provisions for two burners. 

  3. Modified traditional stove: A grating is fitted below the traditional chulha, made from cement, to improve air supply to burning wood. This model has been pioneered by Mr. Dilip Singh, IFS.

 This workshop was attended by 18 trainees from 10 villages from MTR. Trainees included both men and women. Workshop included Soil preparation, mold fitting, construction and installation of different models and also repairing and maintenance training. Trainees will be given molds of each model shared in cluster of villages. WRCS is thankful to Mr Ravindra Deshmukh and Mr Mangaonkar, experts from Samuchit Enviro Tech Pvt Ltd, for conducting the training.