UTILIZATION OF WOOD WASTE (SAW DUST) TO PRODUCTION OF FUEL LIGHTERS AND BRIQUETTES
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of the idea is to convert wood waste (saw dust) into fire starters and briquettes for additional income generation and sustainable use of tree resources in Uganda. It is envisaged that this will result in enhancement of wood waste utilisation and commercialisation of the wood waste products thus contributing to job creation particularly for the youths, income generation and sustainable utilisation of forest resources hence combating climate change in Uganda. The production and training centre for wood waste conversion technology will continue to create awareness and providing skills to the population particularly women and youths in wood waste utilisation. The idea will innovative approaches to produce Fuel lighters and briquettes. Fuel lighters are produced using a double boiler the candle wax is melted which is then mixed with crushed saw dust or wood shaving. The mixture is then fed in the simple press machine to produce fuel lighters. The production of fuel lighters will ease the lighting of fuel stoves for cooking and other purposes and further generate employment opportunities to the youth in the country. Briquettes are made from sawdust which is dried at a moisture content of about 8% to 12% before carbonization. The sawdust and wood shavings will be burnt at high temperatures in a confined container (carboniser) under limited supply of air to produce char. The product, char, will then be crushed into powder using a locally fabricated crusher. The char will then be mixed with binder and water in a ratio of 4: 1:2 to form a semisolid paste. The semisolid paste will then be compressed in a presser to form briquettes. The briquettes will be dried, branded and packed for display and sale.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The project will impact on the social welfare of individuals especially the high population of unemployed youth in Africa and this will be through providing self-employment opportunities. Information dissemination in workshops, exhibitions, hands on training will be conducted so as to enrich people with knowledge about wood waste utilization and by the end of two year it is estimated that more than 100,000people in Uganda will be impacted through Face to face interaction and exchange of information on wood waste conversion and products which will be scaled to African countries at large to benefit from my idea. There will be need to determine the benefits being delivered by my solution. For example, through measuring the number of lives impacted. This will be through strategically selecting social interacting platforms to focus my efforts on, and then effectively managing them as a great way to connect with my community on a more personal level. Since the overall objective is to utilize wood waste into commercial products for sustainable use of tree resources and employment opportunities in Uganda. The following outputs are expected: A production and training center for wood waste products The project will use the following strategies to upscale information to stakeholders: Training will be conducted at the production and training centre in wood waste utilisation to provide a lifelong learning opportunity to different youths Face to face interaction with the youths on wood waste utilisation and products. Workshops will also be used to exchange information on products Brochures, posters and catalogues will also be used to disseminate information. All these will contribute to the Skilling Uganda Programme of the Government of Uganda that aims at creating employment to the increasing number of unemployed youths.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This activity will be carried out in partnership with private wood processers. One wood wastes will be used in this activity to produce two different types of wood waste products. Saw dust will be used to produce fire starters and Briquettes. This project shall also monitor the progress of the project on daily basis. Evaluation shall take places involving all stakeholders the collaborating offices are youth and social affairs which will provide technical support and collaborate in implementing, monitoring and evaluation. The donors are expected to fund the project through partnership. Donors also have the responsibility of monitoring the progress and finally evaluate. This idea is involved in capacity building of rural poor women and youth group. It will help the poor youths help themselves with the mission to empower and improve the poor peoples opportunities to access skills and revolving fund to eradicate the root causes of poverty on local communities so as to enable them attain self-reliance sustainability. The sustainability of this project will be guaranteed because the project involves the participation and collaboration of all concerned line offices and community. The beneficiaries through training shall handle their business properly and use profits they will undergo their business on their own capital. The project in general is expected to reduce unemployment rate. The project has the capacity to turn the non- productive youth of the community into the responsible citizens who will work towards holistic development of himself as well as his society.
Muwanga Allan is 24 year old self-motivated, responsible, honest, enthusiastic and hardworking Ugandan with a bachelors degree in conservation forestry and products technology (fresh graduate) at College of Agriculture and environmental sciences, Makerere University-Uganda. Currently am working with National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) at one of its national institutes (National Forestry Resource Research Institute (NaFORRI) as a volunteer/ junior researcher with in-depth knowledge of natural resource and environmental research. and I have participated in number of projects geared to benefit local communities in the country like Unlocking the potential of bamboo through product development and commercialization in Uganda, Utilization of wood waste into assorted products for additional income generation, Determination of farm forestry impacts on household poverty, food security and farm productivity and others. Through research, field work, and graduate studies, Muwanga has gained skills both in research and Environmental Conservation, Remote Sensing and GIS, Climate Change, Wetland Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment, among others. Muwanga is a computer literate person, well conversant with Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint and SPSS packages. Am a very dynamic individual, I have the ability to develop positive relationships with peers and my seniors very quickly. I have knowledge and skills associated with that position due to my experience in research while in NARO and another addition fact that my research project (Assessment of factors influencing people to plant trees in Mityana district was a social research) for under graduate studies