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More Training On Rocket Stove Making

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will expand training opportunities on FJ Rocket stoves to women groups in rural and remote communities. Minister Rosy Akbar says the project
06 Feb 2016 08:30
More Training On Rocket Stove Making

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation will expand training opportunities on FJ Rocket stoves to women groups in rural and remote communities.

Minister Rosy Akbar says the project has generated positive feedbacks from women groups that have undergone the training on the construction of rocket stoves.

To date the Ministry has trained more than 130 individuals and the next training for the FJ Rocket stove is proposed for Navala Village in Ba.

“The Fijian made rocket stove is designed to raise awareness on climate change mitigation. The stoves are convenient to use, it uses less firewood and produces less smoke while cooking. It enables women to save time and money by preparing meals in a shorter period of time and minimises pollution. It can be easily constructed using recycle materials.

“There are positive feedbacks from those who have benefited from the training and we will provide similar training opportunities for other women groups in the coming months,” Ms Akbar said.

The FJ Rocket Stove project was launched by the Ministry of Women in July 2014. During which, the Ministry had assisted 22 women of Neelgiri Women’s Club in Sawani, Naitasiri, through a two-week intensive hands on training on rocket stove production.

The Ministry has provided similar training opportunity to 30 women from Wasavulu Women’s Group in Valebasoga, Labasa, and similarly 30 students from  Fiji LDS College in Tamavua.

Last December, Ms Akbar travelled to Narokorokoyawa Village in Naitasiri to hand over 50 rocket stoves to Narokorokoyawa women.

Villager Vatiseva Titilia, a member of the Narokorokoyawa Women’s Group said rocket stove was of great assistance to rural women.

“It has introduced us to easy way of preparing meals for our families because it uses less firewood. Women and children don’t have to spend too much time looking for firewood.  It saves us time. Children can spend more time on their studies while women also have more quality time for their family. We thank the Ministry for assisting us through this project,” Ms Titilia explained.

Similarly, Anita Devi of Wasavulu Women’s Group in Labasa describes rocket stove as cost effective and environment friendly.

“I have been using this stove for the last two years. It’s cheap and easy way to cook delicious meals for my family. I am grateful that the Ministry provided our group free training on the project,” Mrs Devi said.

The FJ Rocket stoves save up to $520 on kerosene expenses and $600 on gas expenses each year per household. It has the ability of reducing firewood usage by 54 per cent when compared to open fire cooking. Those who may be interested in buying the FJ Rocket stoves are advised to contact the ministry on 3312199.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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