Bugema University, locals tap biogas to save forests

Luweero- Bugema University has launched a programme to educate communities around the institution on how to use biogas technology.

The university said helping residents understand biogas technology is part of its sustainable energy campaign to conserve the environment.

“We have invited the community around the university to come and learn how to use biogas technology as an energy source,” Mr Joshua Busuulwa, the head of Development Studies, told Daily Monitor recently.

“We need to educate the community on the need to conserve our environment. Biogas technology is environment-friendly because it uses the natural waste, including cow dung,” Mr Busuulwa explained

The green conservation campaign promotes tree planting and good sanitation at the university and in the villages near the university. Mr Busuulwa said the campaign cannot succeed without community participation.

“We cannot work in isolation. The trees cut down for firewood are got from the community,” he said.

According to the university cafeteria manager, Mr Andrew Ssenoga, the biogas plant, which cost about Shs6 million, is used to prepare breakfast and light meals for the students.

“We can now serve the students meals on time while the amount of firewood used has reduced,” Mr Ssenoga said, adding that the only challenge is on storage of biogas.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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