Massive charcoal production is one of the activities which that is threatening Hwange forests. The production is a result of power cuts and the increase of electricity tariffs which is affecting the economically burdened country.
Hwange district which boasts of Mopani-rich forests is environmentally damaged by loggers who produce charcoal. Charcoal syndicates are racking huge profits by exploiting poor rural people at the expense of destroying the indigenous trees.
“Charcoal business is not easy, I am taking care of my family through the cutting down of trees and selling charcoal,” said a villager who preferred anonymity.
“We do the coal production deep in the bush because it is illegal. We have contacts who are truck drivers who come to buy and then they resell the charcoal in bigger cities” he said.
According to the forestry commission, Zimbabwe is losing more than 330 hectares of woodlands every year.
Watch the video below to see how charcoal is made…