DILEMMAS OF BIOGAS TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION IN RURAL AREAS OF PUNJAB, PAKISTAN

Farhan Umer, Ghazanfar A. Khan, Muhammad Iftikhar

Abstract


Pakistan is facing worst energy crisis of its history and dependency of oil for energy generation is another issue affecting the economy badly. Among the renewable energy sources biogas energy could augment the conventional energy sources. Despite of its immense potential, extended advantages and favourable conditions for its production in Pakistan, biogas generation in Pakistan is meagre due to economic and technical constrictions. Present study investigated the reason behind poor adoption of biogas technology among rural households. Inadequate awareness, insufficient role of government sector, reduced cooperation of public sector extension, absence of technicalities, inadequate management skills, finance shortage and lesser population of animals appeared leading factors behind non-adoption of biogas. Adoption could be raised through integration for public and private sector in extending capacity building program for potential users. Government would have initiate subsidy programs on biogas plants installation and interest free loans for rural communities. Public sector extension would have to offer plants managerial services and skills development among biogas users.


Keywords


Renewable energy source; Biogas; Livestock; Pakistan; Energy crisis

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