BACKYARD hog raisers in Davao City are urged to use biogas technology not only to achieve a stink-free piggery but to contribute to the sustainable development goals of the city.
In a media interview Friday, January 18, the Backyard Raiser Association president Filemon Santander said that more than a hundred small-scale farmers and backyard hog raisers have been using the technology in the city already and that they want to encourage more to shift.
Biogas system involves mixture of different gases which can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste.
The technology is one of the alternatives to swill feeding the hogs which may cause African Swine Flu (ASF) outbreak in the country.
Small-scale farmers will have the chance to be efficient in their resources and also help in the preservation of the environment.
“Kung tan-awon nimo, pinakanindot gyud ni kay you generate energy through wastes so dili naka magpalit. Kani, waste lang maka-generate naka (If you look at it, this energy is good since it could be generated through wastes so you do not need to buy anymore),” he said.
“And this could be all kinds of wastes, pwede sa baboy sa manok. All kind of biodegradable wastes such as sagbot, dagami, tanan klase sa basura na malata (And this could be all kinds of wastes and any biodegradable wastes),” he added.
Santander also said that the Department of Agriculture-Davao supported the biogas system through inviting him as resource speaker during lectures or seminars with farmers in the barangays.
Meanwhile, Santander admitted that despite the technology being used for years in the city, only few people practice the biogas system. (LHC)