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Biogas makes big waves in the villages

Oct 20, 2011

More and more farmers in Samtse are taking up biogas production.

Under the Bhutan Biogas Project, there are plans to construct about 100 biogas plants in Samtse alone.

Five have been constructed in Tshakaling village under Yoeseltse Geog recently. One of them belongs to Sonam Choden whose daily chore now includes collecting and filling her bio gas plant with cow dung. She learnt how to produce bio gas at a two-week long training organized but the Bhutan Biogas Project with farmers from all the 15 geogs in Samtse.

Biogas production is well suited for rural areas. The major raw material required for its production is cow dung which is available easily in the villages. The process is simple.

All you have to do is “fill the bio gas plant with 3,000 kilograms of cow dung and wait. Within two weeks, the plant will start producing biogas,” explains Sonam Dorji, the livestock production supervisor in Yoeseltse.

“Thereafter, you have to fill the plant with 60 kilograms of dung daily every day to meet your daily requirements.”

Sonam Choden is excited that she “will no longer have to collect firewood or buy LPG gas.”

Money does not come easily in remote villages and the cost of cooking gas is increasing every year. Collecting firewood is as expensive as it is hard.

“We have to pay people to chop the wood and hire a truck which costs a lot of money to transport it from the forest,” said Pema Yudon, another Yoeseltse farmer.

Biogas is therefore being hailed as the answer.

20 more farmers in Yoeseltse will be switching to biogas soon. Some have already started constructing the biogas plants with support from the Bhutan Biogas Project.

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