14 February 2019

Botswana: Residents Commend Bitri/UNDP for Biogas Digester

Moshupa — Residents of Moshupa have commended Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation (BITRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for manufacturing a biogas digester for use by communities to produce clean energy.

Commenting during a kgotla meeting addressed by El Mondo representative, Mr Sennye Masike in Moshupa on Tuesday, residents said the initiative was a welcome development which was going to benefit them.

The biogas project, which started last year in Kgatleng District, involves the use of cow dung mixed with water to ferment until it produces gases which can be used to produce energy.

One of the residents, Mr Tiroyaone Mmereki said their livestock was dying due to climate change, adding that with the new product, they would no longer experience any losses.

He, however, pleaded with BITRI to demonstrate their product during the agricultural show in Moshupa this year so that many people could appreciate the product.

Other residents pleaded with the two organisations to design biogas digesters in different sizes so that they could afford to buy them.

They also said it was important for bogosi and agricultural demonstrators to be equipped with the skill to use the digesters so that they could teach the community.

On other issues, residents pleaded with religious leaders to join hands with them and pray for rain because the country was faced with drought which impacted on human lives.

For his part, Mr Masike explained that they were assigned by BITRI and UNDP to identify 1 000 Batswana farmers in the south eastern part of the country who would be part of the biogas digester project. The biogas digester is estimated to cost around P5 000.

He noted that the digester, also known as industrial gas, reduced emission of green-houses gases into the atmosphere while producing clean energy which contributed to climate protection.

The digester has many benefits such as producing cooking gas and generating electricity among others.

Mr Masike noted that a wider use of the biogas digester would help reduce the demand and use of firewood.

He said the product also promotes the use of renewable energy projects and replacing fossil fuels which were responsible for climate change such as increasing frequency of droughts and more frequent extreme weather events.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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