An increasing number of farmers in Pema Gatshel are opting for biogas. From some ten farmers in 2014, today, more than 400 households use biogas for cooking purposes. Almost all the biogas plants were constructed through projects supported by livestock officials.
For Sonam Lhamo in Chimmung Gewog, the day begins by collecting cow dung and feeding them into the biogas digester.
Her family started using biogas for cooking purposes recently.
“Compared to electricity, biogas is better. We can prepare meals within a short duration,” she said.
Like her, 39 other villagers in the gewog use biogas. And they are already reaping the benefit.
“We had a tough time when we were using firewood. But today, lives have become easier after the construction of biogas plants,” said Pema Lhamo, a resident.
“Our consumption of firewood decreased drastically after we started using biogas. So, it is helping in conserving nature,” said Phobzang, another resident.
The construction of biogas plants in Chimmung Gewog was completed last year but it was inaugurated recently.
United Nations Development Programme funded the project worth over Nu 2 M.
According to reports, an average biogas plant serving a household of five to six people can save about 2,000 to 3,000 kilograms of firewood or around 350 litres of kerosene in a year. Moreover, it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and indoor air pollution.
Thinley Dorji, Pema Gatshel
Edited by Tshering Zam