The demand for charcoal is increasing every day as compared to the use of fire wood in the City of Kenema. This has given cause to those who deal in the trade to form an Association.
Members of Charcoal Burning and Sellers Association (CBSA) have recently met to discuss the affairs of their Association at Serabu town on the Bo-Kenema highway in the Kamboma section Small Bo chiefdom Kenema district.
In his welcome address during the meeting the chairman of the Association Kemoh Kanneh thanked the members for their cooperation and unity that is existing between them.
Kemoh Kanneh informed members that the Divisional Forestry Officer Kenema has warned that his membership should not cut down trees indiscriminately without the advice of the Divisional Forestry Office in Kenema. He called on his membership to continue burning charcoal in their farms only until they get directives from the Divisional Forestry office.
He encouraged the members to plant more trees in their communities to avoid deforestation.
He noted that the selling of fire wood has reduced drastically in the city and that the demand for charcoal has increased which has encouraged them to concentrate on the selling of charcoal which is a major source of income for them.
Kemoh Kanneh advised his membership to abide by the mutual regulations of the Association.
In his contribution the secretary of the Association Sawie Konowah Sheriff said it was agreed by all the members to contribute on a monthly basis and the affairs of any member is the business of all the members.
Contributions were made by Salim Koroma of Potayhun in the Nongowa chiefdom, Lahai Konuwa of Serabu and Fodei Brima of Wanjama in the Small Bo chiefdom all in the Kenema district. Present at the meeting was Mohamed Sheriff of Waima Torkpumbu among others.