|Conference Paper - Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2014 IEEE
|Energy from Anaerobic Digesters for Water Management: A Case Study of Pakistan
The ongoing energy crisis and high energy tariffs in
Pakistan has hit the farmers’ community hard as these farmers are
largely dependent on tube well technology for pumping ground
water to supplement the deficit in canal water supplies for their
agriculture. Biogas from anaerobic digestion processing of
livestock manure could be a possible alternative form of energy for
these tube wells. The country has a great potential for biogas
generation because there is sufficient manure, construction
material and human resource required for the manufacturing of
biogas plants. This technology will significantly reduce farmers'
spending on fuel. Besides, the biogas can also be consumed to light
kitchen stoves for cooking purposes and other domestic purposes.
Furthermore, this green technology will not only reduce
atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, but the nutrient value of
digested effluent will also be enhanced. Consequentially, the cost
of chemical fertilizers will be cut down due to these bio-fertilizers’
application. Hence the soil productivity is increased and the
financial constraint on resource poor farmer is reduced.
|Pakistan - Demographic and Health Survey 2012-2013