The Joy of a biogas client from Soroti

Biogas technology has done miracles on Mr. Epau Cuthbert’s farm. Located in Odudui village in Soroti district in Uganda, Cuthbert got a biogas plant in 2011 with support from the Uganda Domestic Biogas Program through World Vision. He appreciates both UDBP and World Vision for their support and shares the benefits from his biogas plant. UDBP is a project supported by the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) and Heifer International; charged with developing a viable biogas sector in Uganda.

Biogas lights up Mr. Cuthbert’s house

He says his plant was constructed very well since both the stove and lamp are performing excellently. Cuthburt says he is able to use the lamp from 7:00pm to past midnight. Using biogas for cooking saves the family time and the gas is used to prepare all the meals for the day including Atapa (millet bread).   He indicates that the biogas technology can greatly improve relations since he can also get in the kitchen and prepare a meal without bothering the other members of the family.

“Before I got the biogas plant I spent 30,000 shillings per month on paraffin but currently I spend only 10,000 per month for emergencies on lighting. I am happy that I no longer spend money on firewood”. – Mr. Epau Cuthbert, a farmer located in Odudui village, Soroti district, Uganda.

The biogas plant has helped him improve from free range to zero grazing, a better animal practice where he has managed to construct a zero grazing unit for easy collection of dung.The daily collection of dung from the zero grazing units fosters a clean environment for the animals and around the home.

But  Cuthbert’s joy mostly comes from a  his orange farm of about  one and half acres on which he started applying bio-slurry since 2012 using 2 jerry cans of liquid bio-slurry per plant twice a year. The harvest for the last season was 50 bags compared to 35 bags before he started applying the bio-slurry.  This season he expects even bigger yields as a result of slurry application since the fruits are bigger and the orange plants are more heavily loaded as seen in the picture below. Previously he was selling a bag of oranges at 70,000 shillings but this year he expects to sell at 100,000 shillings because he has got market in Kenya.  He has been able to purchase a plot of land at 2.5 Million shillings from the harvest of oranges from the last orange harvest.

Mr Epau is at peace with his investment, thanks to the biogas technology that has given him a push.   He encourages other farmers to put bio-slurry to use in order to increase their farm productivity.