The government of Italy has released Rs50 million for launching the pilot project of biogas plants in Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa.
Under the project, 436 biogas plants would be installed in six selected districts including Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Abbottabad, Haripur and Mansehra. SIDB spokesman Nauman Qaiser said the Managing Director of the Small Industries Development Board (SIDB), Dr Akhtar Hussain Shah met an Italian official Dr Marco Marchetto in this respect.
Biogas is a low-cost fuel that could be utilised for heating, cooking and power generation and being a renewable energy it also qualifies for subsidies in different countries of the world.
Nauman Qaiser said that Pakistan is fifth largest livestock-producing country of the world, with a huge potential for the biogas sector.
He said that besides producing energy, biogas could also be used in manufacturing of organic fertiliser as well as production of gas and power.
“Small and medium-scale domestic biogas plant costs more than Rs50,000 and can be constructed even in the courtyard of rural houses,” he added.