Ngirente was speaking Saturday after monthly community work (Umuganda) in Nyagatare District where a total of 30,000 trees were planted.
He called on residents to protect forestry saying that it is the foundation of sustainable development.
“When a big section of the population uses bio-fuels for cooking, it negatively impacts the conservation efforts. Today 83% of Rwandan population use bio-fuel for cooking, but the government targets to reduce that to 43% by 2020,” he said.
“In order to achieve this target, it requires adoption of energy efficient cooking methods including gas for city dwellers and biogas and saving stoves (Rondereza) for the rest” he urged the public.
Rwanda targets to have 30% of her surface planted with trees by 2020. However, Ngirente said that achieving the target will require everyone’s contribution.
The Minister of Land and Forestry, Francine Tumushime requested Nyagatare residents to plant more trees as well as sustaining the existing forests, Which are decreasing.