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The first ever biogas produced at Muchenje village in the Chobe district is expected to hit the market at the end of this month.
The gas, which is reported to be eco-friendly, is expected to be sold to households and different markets upon completion of the project. The self-funded bio gas project which commenced in December last year entailed the construction of bio digester which uses cow dung (boloko) to produce bio gas.
In an interview, the project founder, Motlhagodi Lamont indicated that the construction stage is complete and they are now filling in the cow dung to stimulate the gas production process. According to him, they are expecting the gas from the bio digester towards end of January.
Chobe District Council Chairman Chimney Mululwani has appreciated the project for its environmental friendliness, highlighting that the project will put to use the waste form livestock.
Mululwani noted that the gas that will be produced through the project can be used for cooking in households and it also produces eco green manure that does not come with weeds.
‘‘The cattle dung will be used on daily basis then there will be less chances of building new kraals due to too much dung during raining season,’’ he said.
Mululwani added that the project will reduce human wildlife conflict as there will be less movement into wild animal infested bushes for collection of firewood. He noted that if properly managed the project can provide employment to community members.
Chobe District Council specially nominated councillor Paul Chabaesele who recently toured the project applauded its founder for championing the mind-set change campaign. He said that the project is an indication that if people put their minds to work, think outside the box and change the way they think they can surely change their lifestyle and of those around them.
‘‘It is clean and good for the environment, obviously one can go commercial and create employment through the project,” he said.
Chabaesele said the district strives to become clean and green, therefore the project is in line with the idea. He noted that cattle farmers may look at the project as a business venture by collecting the dung and supplying to the project. Chabaesele stressed that cattle farmers may benefit from the collection of dung and in that way cattle kraals won’t fill up.
‘‘As you may be aware Chobe is a wildlife area and also sensitive environment due to its biographical nature, with biogas our rural communities will be able to use gas as opposed to collecting firewood which is often dangerous due to animal attacks,’’ he said.