Residents in Kenya are forced to use charcoal due to high gas prices

According to Africa News, the expense of obtaining gas is apparently becoming unacceptable for many Kenyans as global prices rise, and others are going to the forests for charcoal in search of alternatives.

Charcoal, an amorphous type of carbon formed when wood is burned with minimal oxygen, is the simplest but most dangerous alternative.

Acacia trees, which are indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa, provide high-quality charcoal that is reasonably priced on the market.

Africa’s news reported that although local bordering government forests are being actively cut down and illegally logged in order to make money, consumers in rural homes, villages, and cities are looking for substitute fuel to balance pricey cooking gas.

The price of charcoal has increased from 400 to 700 Kenya shillings ($3.39 to $5.94 USD) as fuel and gas prices started to climb.

According to Africa news, the cost of a 12-kilogram cylinder climbed by more than twofold this year, from 3,000 Kenyan shillings ($25.44 USD) to 1,600 ($13.57 USD) in 2021. A 6-kg cylinder had a matching price increase, rising from 700 Kenyan shillings ($5.94) to 1,600 ($13.57), driving away most of the low-income customers.


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