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134,010 maunds of fuelwood burned in CHT tobacco kilns, yearly


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New DoE report also finds 25-30% of all the industry’s fuelwood is used by these kilns

A staggering 134,010 maunds of fuelwood is burned every year in the tobacco kilns of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)—to process tobacco leaves. This poses a serious threat to the environment.

The shocking information has been revealed in a recent report by the Department of Environment (DoE).

On March 22, the then-director of the DoE (Chittagong region) Md Mokbul Hossain paid an official visit to Dighinala upazila of Khagrachhari district, and interviewed tobacco farmers plus local public representatives, to prepare the report. The report was sent to the director general of the DoE on June 12.

According to the report, the fuelwood is burned at a total of 2,978 tobacco-processing kilns in the three districts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts–Rangamati, Khagrachhari, and Bandarban.  

According to the report, there are 767 tobacco kilns in Khagrachhari district, while the Rangamati and Bandarban districts have 178 and 2,033 kilns, respectively.

read more:https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/chittagong/2018/09/30/134-010-maunds-of-fuelwood-burned-in-cht-tobacco-kilns-yearly

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