Betty said the Council of Ministers had last Friday passed the forestry policy plan aimed at protecting the forest which also includes minimizing of charcoal burning.
She also said the Ministry is soon to develop a regulatory policy particularly on charcoal burning.
“We will regulate how many trees should be cut, where they should be cut, and there will be fines. Charcoal burners will be urged to form associations and also a carry out of awareness to the local population on the importance of the environment and forestry,” said Betty.
She said the move is aimed at minimizing massive charcoal burning in the country, protecting the environment and also one way of diffusing the population into farming to boost agriculture in a move to fight food insecurity situation in the country.