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International Journal of Advanced Engineering, Management and Science

Introduction of Smokeless Stove to Gari Producers at Koryire in the Yilokrobo Municipality of Ghana

( Vol-2,Issue-4,April 2016 )

Author(s): AdewunmiTaiwo, Ato Bart-Plange

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Smokeless stove, gari, fuel wood, smoke stress, sustainability.


This work sought to promote the construction and use of smokeless stove as well as record keeping among gari producers at Koryire, which is one of the 237 communities in the YiloKrobo Municipality of the Eastern Region of Ghana. The study employed Action Research Methodology with the formation of a 10 member group, comprising four men and six women.A prototype smokeless stove was constructed together with its flue in order to adequately equip the group members with the requisite skill for the stove construction. The cost of constructing the smokeless stove in the target community as at the time the study was carried out was One Hundred and Fifty Five New Ghanaian Cedis and Fifty Pesewas (Ghȼ155.50) about One Hundred and Twenty Four US Dollars($124.00). It was concluded from the results obtained from the study that awareness on the use of smokeless stove in frying gari was adequately created in the target community. In terms of firewood consumption, the smokeless stove consumed about 20 % less firewood than the traditional stove in the community. The members of the target group became skillful in the construction, operation and maintenance of their own local stove by sourcing the required raw materials from within their locality. The use of the smokeless stove in frying gari created more comfort for the processors as they were no longer exposed to smoke and heat stress as was the case with the use of the traditional stove. Not only did the total involvement of the target group lead to the use of the indigenous knowledge, it also led to the re-invention of some key components of the research work especially the stove design, materials used for its construction and the construction process. The processors were encouraged to cooperate with the Municipality Agriculture Development Unit (MADU) in order to be able to derive the fullest benefit possible from their services available.

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