Charcoal as a bio source
Charcoal, one of the major source of bio-energy for sub-urban and rural individuals in Nigeria, the necessity for it has become imperative that even the average living Nigerian at a point cannot afford to purchase kerosene or gas.Charcoal is very cheap but the usage is usually tasking when it comes to lighting it up and controlling the flare of usage. One at a point needs to keep up oxygen to maintain pressure of the heat.
The importance and uses
In every one to two miles, from our research at innyouu.com more than fifteen households make use of charcoal for food preparation or business and local endeavors, as it has become absolutely necessary to down-size cost at all means.Besides charcoal, one could possibly think of fire-woods and kerosene, but charcoal is easily sourced and can be coined from local fire-woods or saw-dust to serve domestic purposes at any point in time.
However from our observation, it could be said that charcoal are mostly produced in the north-central and north western region of Nigeria, this could be due to the fact that, the broad development of root trees and broad leaves cumulate to form a lot of timber.
The distribution and production
The north-western region and north-central region respectively are basically classified as the guinea savannah region because of the broad spectrum of highly classified shrubs which make up significant amount of timber.
This is why the business of charcoal is highly significant in regions like Nasarawa, Niger, Kaduna, and Plateau, which has become so imperative for us to discuss how such business is operated in every locality. For the purpose of this content, we will focus our discussion on Kaduna and Niger states respectively.
In Niger state, the center of production of charcoal is in Mokwa local government area. Lumberists and other locals take their time to burn highly matured tree either in its fresh form or dry state. It is then left to burn into coal crystals and particles to give charcoal palettes.
It is transported in heavy duty vehicles to neighboring towns, and as such business individuals tend to collate their profits and loss from the transportation and tower fee. Speculations from research have it that each tree is burnt at two hundred naira.
In Kaduna, the major purchase point is along Kaduna/Abuja express way, locals and business individuals purchase in bags from wholesalers, at an average cost of One thousand, seven hundred naira; for now that is the major purchase point.When we interacted with some of the local charcoal sellers, we were able to deduce from them that for each bag of charcoal, they can get averagely 50 medium polyethylene nylons of charcoal tied and sold at one hundred naira each.
Some sellers tend to sell smaller quantities to get 100 smaller polyethylene nylons at fifty naira each. Do the mathematics and you would be able to know the whooping sum or gross amount of profit this charcoal business rakes in for individuals in the business.
Our conclusion is that charcoal is a very good source of energy, but the danger of such usage of it surrounds the effects on human health, grossly, it is also profitable for any individual planning to go into such business. It might be a dirty venture, but a whopping profitable venture within the shortest pace of time.