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Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:54



Forty-three participants joined in the recent two-day workshop on Biogas Technology using Plastic Drum conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Agri-Pinoy Livestock program, agricultural technicians, farmers, veterinarians and other interested individuals from Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Isabela City and Zamboanga City.

During the workshop, Edgardo B. Tabal, DA-Operations chief, stressed on  the importance of learning of alternative sources for fuel nowadays. He said, “thisbiogas technology can save us from buying and spending for fuel, and eventually this can also be our source of livelihood.”

The second-day of the workshop gathered the participants to DA-Small Ruminants Center in Pamucutan, Zamboanga City to see the actual demonstration on the preparation and installation of biogas using plastic drum.  Mr. Butch Rodavia, a biogas user and installer demonstrated the proper way and safer way to install the biogas drum. He was trained and certified by the Bureau of Animal Industry in Manila and has been conducting actual demonstrations for Biogas technology.  After the demonstration, the participants were taken to a short field tour to three sites to also see the different types of biogas digester in Barangays. Manicahan, Putik and Pasonanca, Zamboanga City.

One of the owners, Msgr. Chito Araneta said that since they have been into swine raising for many years, he thought of putting up a biogas digester in his piggery as suggested by the DA two years ago.  Araneta became one of the first recipients of the Tubular Poly-Ethylene Digester (TPED) of the DA-Livestock program. Araneta said, “it has since given good results; we have saved so much on fuel. We don’t buy liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). And it is also good that this area will become a showcase or model for other farmers or those interested to visit and see that biogas can work and is good.”

Noel Latoza of Manicahan, Zamboanga City has a more highly made biogas digester. His biogas has been in place for more than five years  and has upgraded his technology using concrete casing and a combination of tubular poly-ethylene  and plastic drums. Latoza said that initially he was only interested in using the animal wastes as liquid fertilizer but eventually he decided to put up a biogas since he maintained a piggery in this area.

A biogas is a mixture of gases produced from agricultural wastes, animal manure and other green wastes. The TPED or Tubular Poly-ethylene Digester is a low cost biogas technology which converts animal wastes by anaerobic fermentation inside the tubular plastic to produce methane for fuel.

In the closing program of the workshop, the participants expressed their gratitude to the Department for the opportunity in learning about biogas technology and the many saving tips from using the kind of technology. Mr. Joseph Alba, one of the participants also shared his impression on the training saying “thank you and perhaps when we all go back to our respective places, we can share to our neighbors what we learned from here.”

Julgacion Rubio, DA’s focal person on biogas technology said that from the short training workshop, she hopes that there will eventually be biogas technology that will be seen in the different municipalities and provinces since the DA has given them the face-to-face experience in the training to let them see and believe that biogas is possible. “DA will provide assistance to those who are interested in putting up a biogas technology,” she said.

Among those who also joined the workshop were City Veterinarian Dr. Mario D. Arriola, Dr. ArcadioCavan and DA-AEPD Asst Chief Dr. Francisco Geromo, DA-Pamucutan Small Ruminants Center Head Joel Larrachoea  and Fr. Rey Francisco. — Cherry Cadiz, DA-9