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Govt urged to fully embrace Bio ethanol energy

24 July 2012, 16:02 Oduor Omondi

The government has been asked to reduce taxes and excise duty levied on bio-ethanol gel to increase its production in the country for the benefit its citizens.

Business Development Manager at Consumers Choice limited, Mohamed Kadhi, said bio-ethanol gel is a good source of cooking fuel but is currently not manufactured in the country due to the number of taxes the government has imposed on the business.

Speaking over the weekend at the Kisumu ASK show, Mr. Kadhi revealed that the bio-ethanol gel is manufactured in Tanzania from sugar cane byproduct and the finished product sold in the Kenyan market.

He described the bio-ethanol gel as economical and environment friendly as compared to other fuel sources and has an added advantage of acting as a mosquito repellant from the scent produced when the gel undergoes combustion.

He added that the product has been of great help to different parts of the country especially in refugee camps and those living in rural areas hence reducing the rate of deforestation for firewood.

Kadhi said that they have received immense support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) who have helped in raising awareness for the product by informing people of its added advantages.

He further admitted that the reception of the product is positive as many Kenyans are resorting to using it hence conserving the environment which in turn improves climatic conditions as well. 

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