Nearly 14,000 households in Bangladesh now meet their fuel consumption by bio-gas plants set up in the last four years, speakers told a workshop in Dhaka on Tuesday.
They said bio-gas production technology became popular in many rural areas as its raw materials come from animal drops, cow dung and chicken litters, and can be used instead of traditional cooking gas with minor modification.
They were speaking at a day-long workshop for journalists at the National Press Club in Dhaka on ‘Sensitisation programme to increase the use of bio-gas as alternative source of energy to resolve crises.’
State-owned non-banking financial institution Infrastructure Development Company Limited and non-governmental organisation GTZ arranged the workshop with a view to encouraging the use of bio-gas which had already benefited more than 51 thousand people in rural Bangladesh.
Speaking on the occasion IDCOL chief executive officer complained that development issues like the use of bio-gas were totally ignored in the media, whereas news of politics, crime and violence were covered intensively.
A series of workshops, discussions and exchange of views would be
held in all of the divisional towns of the country to increase mass awareness regarding the benefits of bio-gas.
Four keynote papers — ‘Bio-gas Technology and Importance in Bangladesh’ by Wahidur Rahman of IDCOL, ‘Promotion of Biogas Technology —
GTZ initiative in Bangladesh’ by Mohammad Khalequ-
zzaman of GTZ, ‘National Domestic Biogas and Manure Programme’ by Nazmul Haque Faisal of IDCOL, and ‘Bio-slurry management and its potential use’ by M Fokhrul Islam of Netherlands Development Organisation SNV — were presented at the workshop.