December 15, 2016

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Concrete bricks replace earthen ones in Yesagyo

Concrete bricks. Photo: Pe Tun Zaw
Concrete bricks. Photo: Pe Tun Zaw

RESIDENTS of Yesagyo Township are increasingly using and producing concrete bricks, both on a small and commercial scale, instead of earthen bricks, according to local brick makers.
“We usually have to use firewood to bake earthen bricks. This may deteriorate the environment. It is easy to make concrete bricks if we have a mould, cement and sand,” said one brick maker.
A local environmental activist said: “An increase in the use of concrete bricks may help support environmental conservation.”
Normally, a concrete brick is sold for K70 (US$0.06), while an earthen brick costs K100 ($0.08), a local resident said. The numbers of concrete brick makers and users have increased not only in Yesagyo Township but also in nearby villages.
One bag of cement can yield between 150 and 180 bricks, said a brick maker from Ward 8 in the township.

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