The State Timber Corporation has commenced charcoal production as a practical solution to the current fuel and gas shortage, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said. Amaraweera previously instructed the Corporation to look into the possibility of using wood scraps to make charcoal.
The Chairman of the State Timber Corporation M.S. Karunaratne has instructed the State entity to carry out production.
The Institute of Industrial Technology confirmed that the heat capacity of wood charcoal is at a very optimal level and arrangements have been made to distribute the charcoal at a price of Rs 130, Amaraweera noted. Karunaratne said, efforts have been made to expand production and distribution islandwide owing to huge demand.