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Kenyan farmers urged to develop biogas systems

In Kenya a five-year pilot project is being developed as a way of improving the nation’s biogas industry and turning it into a viable market through financial and technical advancements.

The farmers of small-scale dairy farms are set to gain from the project as it looks to develop 8,000 biogas plants in rural parts of the country.

The pilot programme is targeting these farmers to develop biogas systems that could see a total of 172,312 biogas units in 35 districts across the country.

According to the Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers, biogas is not only used as an energy feedstock but also produces digested biomass, which is a more efficient fertiliser than raw manure. The farmers can then separate this digested biomass into fibre and slurry, which can be applied onto fields during the growing season.

The electricity generated from their biogas system can be used to meet operational energy demands with the surplus sold to the national grid. The excess heat from the production systems can also reduce heating costs for farmers in the house, barn or food processing facility.

The increased use of biogas in Kenya would preserve around 9,961 tonnes of fuel wood and 1,296 tonnes of charcoal each year, as well as cut carbon emissions by 68,310 tonnes.