Some poor rural women groups in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal and Kassena-Nankana West District say access to Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, has compelled many households to rely on fuel wood for cooking.
Leader of one of the groups in the Gongnia Community, Mrs Akosua Ayaani, said the high cost of LPG, the cylinders and their accessories make it difficult for poor rural women to afford them.
The women made the complaint when some staff of the Organisation for Indigenous Initiatives and Sustainability, an environment NGO visited some communities including Gongnia and Bonabisi to find out how they were coping with the improved stoves given to them at subsidised cost.
Mrs Ayaani, lauded efforts of the NGO in providing them with improved charcoal cooking stoves and improved cooking fuel wood stoves at a subsidised price of ¢60 instead of ¢200.
She said the improved cooking stoves have reduced drudgery in trekking far distances in search of fuel wood, as the stoves use less fuel wood and charcoal.
She called on the National Petroleum Authority and government to subsidise the products and train artisans to construct locally improved cooking stoves at affordable prices.