A LECTURER at Plymouth University in United Kingdom (UK), Karen Treasure, has donated 16 parabolic solar cookers to various communities in Livingstone as well as in rural areas between Monze and Mazabuka.
Dr Treasure, who is also the founder of Solar Empower Zambia, plans to source for more solar cookers in UK to be distributed to various communities in the country.
Speaking in an interview in Livingstone shortly before she returned to UK, Dr Treasure said solar cookers were sustainable and reliable compared to charcoal and electricity in view of load shedding.
Dr Treasure said research had indicated that solar cookers could create independence especially for people faced with challenges of electricity deficit.
“I first brought five parabolic solar cookers and later went back to UK when I fundraised and got 16 cookers which I already distributed to different households in the communities,” she said.
Dr Treasure said the facilities were user friendly as they did not require spare parts or important materials to maintain them.
“For the last few years, Zambia has been losing at least one per cent of trees really and at least 300, 000 hectares for charcoal and other timber purposes.
“This year, there is a prediction that Zambia will lose 400, 000 hectares of trees which is not sustainable,” Dr Treasure said.
She said solar cooker were the best and sustainable options especially for people living in rural areas