Bio-gas technology is simply a light in the darkness for Samdrup Jongkhar farmers

ppp3-14 April, Samdrup Jongkhar: The Bhutan Bio-gas Project (BPP) under the Department of Livestock (DoL) in close collaboration with the Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag Administration initiated a twelve days training on Bio-gas installation. The training conducted at Orong geog was attended by twenty-four masons and ten livestock officials from eleven geogs.

The main objectives were to promote and extend the bio-gas plants to the remotest part of the community by mobilizing the trained masons and supervisors in their respective geog centre.

The Bio-gas technology is a non-pollutant and renewable source of energy which can be used as fuel energy for various domestic purposes, starting right from cooking to lighting.  It has a greater impact globally as it reduces the emission of the greenhouse gas on the earth’s atmosphere by entrapping the harmful gas and utilising it as a fuel.  The slurry that comes out of the plant is enriched in organic manure which can be easily applied in the vegetable gardens and agriculture fields as a substitute to chemical fertilisers.  kkk

The trainees were divided into seven groups who constructed 5 units of 4 cubic meters and 2 units of 6 cubic meters Bio-gas plants which can hold around 1500 kgs to 2300 kgs of dung equivalent to Nu 25,000 to Nu 40,000/-. At the moment, the structure is not well set for use but will be ready soon.

The trainees find the training very useful as they were able to gain extra knowledge and skills that can be disseminated in their respective community. ‘The training knowledge has become a light in our rural darkness,’ shared one of the participants.

The trainees were awarded the Training of the Trainer’s certificate by the Dzongkhag Livestock Officer (DLO) who graced the closing event as the Chief Guest. Prior to certificate awarding, the Project Director of BBP briefed on the policies and way forward activities to the participants. This was followed by a Chief Guest’s key address on the importance and various advantages of the initiated technology, which also encouraged them to make better use of the knowledge and skills giving more emphasizes on stall feeding system and rearing of high yield cattle.

The Chief Guest, on behalf of Hon’ble Dasho Dzongdag also extended its sincere thanks and gratitude to the resource team members for their tireless and selfless contribution.

Submitted by Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Samdrup Jongkhar 

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