(UE), Oct. 31, GNA - An energy conserving project has been launched in the
Upper East Region to help address the issue of desertification and climate
The project dubbed: “Energy conserving cooking bag also known as the Wonderbag,” is being patronised by many women in communities across the districts in the region.
The Coalition of Good which is made up of the Centre for Skill Training, Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy, Wonderbag Company, PFIZER, a Multinational Pharmaceutical Company based in the United States are implementing the project.
The bag is made with insulated material that conserves heat and a cooking pot.
To use the bag therefore, one is expected to boil his or her food within three to four minutes with the conventional means of cooking before transferring the food into the Wonderbag, which then continues with the cooking without using charcoal, fuel wood or LPG gas.
The food often takes within 45 minutes to one hour to cook.
Demonstrating how to apply the technology to a group of women at Bolgatanga and Sumbrungu to launch the project, Mr Yem Nyeya, Director of the Wonderbag project, said the environment in the region is noted among the other regions to be most degraded.
He cited human activities such as charcoal burning and indiscriminate tree felling as some of the challenges facing the region.
He expressed the hope that with the intervention of the technology, it would help address the problem.
“Apart from the technology reducing the amount of fuel wood and charcoal used in cooking, the technology is smokeless, and can also be used to preserve consumables as well as cut down labour of women who walk long distances in search of fuel wood. It is also key in achieving the SDGs” the Director stressed.
Mr Bismark Ayorogo Adongo, the operation manager of the Coalition of Good, which is implementing the project explained that Wonderbags have been subsidised from GH₵250.00 to GH₵20.00 each with the support of PFIZER, a Pharmaceutical Company from the United States.
He explained that among the intention of the technology is to empower women economically so that the money used by them to purchase charcoal and fuel wood could be channeled to help take care of their families particularly children.
He stated that one of the advantages of the new innovation is that unlike the conventional form of cooking, which kills food nutrients, the new technology preserves all the nutritional values of the food.
“This is an additional plus to the project and it will help in curbing the nutritional problem among women and children in the region”, he added.
He disclosed that already the project had distributed 550 bags to communities like Bongo, Bolgatanga, Tongo, Zorko, Sumbrungu, Wunkongo, Zanlerigu, Yokote, Gowrie and Kongo.
Mr Gareth Vic Joen, a staff of the Wonderbag Company, said the Company which was formed in 2007 in South Africa had supplied millions of the Wonderbags in many countries including the UK and USA and other African countries.
Naba Baba Salifu Aleemyarum, Paramount Chief of Bongo who is the Chief Executive officer of the Green Bongo project, urged his colleague chiefs in the region to encourage their communities to patronize the product to help curb desertification in the region.
Mr Edward Ayagle, former Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive expressed the need to upscale the project to all the communities in the region
Many of the women who had used the innovation confirmed the efficacy of the Wonderbag, adding that it had cut down cost and labour.