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Farmers Tipped On Benefits of Biogas :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Farmers Tipped On Benefits of Biogas

By utilizing biogas, farmers can improve their cooking environment as it doesn't produce smoke, which can have negative health effects, especially for women who are often exposed to cooking with firewood.
A team of selected farmers in Teso region has received basic training on biogas production and handling processes. The training, which took place over two days at Akello Hotel in Soroti City, involved livestock farmers and community workers.

Participants were taught the systematic methods of producing biogas and had the opportunity to visit biogas plants at individual farmers' homes. Florence Kintu, the Business and Development Marketing Manager at Biogas Solutions Uganda, encouraged farmers to take advantage of the various benefits offered by biogas. 

These benefits include clean cooking, environmentally friendly gas, and lighting, as well as organic fertilizer that can be used for natural soil conservation. By utilizing biogas, farmers can improve their cooking environment as it doesn't produce smoke, which can have negative health effects, especially for women who are often exposed to cooking with firewood. 

Kintu emphasized that promoting biogas use contributes to environmental conservation by reducing the need for firewood and saving millions of trees from being cut down. Almost any organic material that can decompose can be used to produce biogas, including cow dung, fresh leaves, coffee husks, cabbages, bananas, and their plant tubers. 

Yuventine Ecumu, a 56-year-old farmer from Kyere sub-county in Serere district shared his positive experience with biogas. He has been using biogas plants for 13 years and has seen the benefits in his crop yields. The organic fertilizer obtained from his biogas plant has helped him achieve higher crop productivity and healthier-looking crops.

Ecumu also mentioned that the organic bioslurry from the biogas plant acts as a mosquito repellent and doesn't produce any bad odors. Additionally, he uses biogas by-products to feed his poultry and piggery projects, significantly reducing the cost of buying animal feed. Fatuma Debi Akello, a resident of Soroti City, shared her personal testimony as a biogas user. 

After experiencing allergies from cooking with firewood for 12 years at her restaurant in Soroti town, she switched to biogas and found relief. Biogas is smoke-free, allowing her to continue cooking without suffering from allergies. Overall, biogas production offers multiple benefits to farmers, including clean cooking, organic fertilizer for improved crop yields, and cost savings in livestock projects. It also contributes to environmental conservation by reducing the reliance on firewood and preserving trees.

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