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Zambia Explores Biogas Energy Technology for Agriculture and Economic Development

The Ministry of Technology and Science in Zambia, in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is spearheading a project aimed at assessing the potential of biogas energy technology for agricultural and economic usage in the country.

The initiative, which began in 2021, seeks to leverage biogas as an alternative source of energy to drive sustainable development.

During the launch of the UNCTAD-Zambia Technology Assessment Report and Action Plan on biogas energy at Nyamazana Farms in Kasupe, Lusaka West, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Technology and Science, William Katongo, expressed gratitude for the comprehensive report provided by UNCTAD.

The report highlights the potential of biogas energy and aims to build and strengthen capacities in science, technology, and innovation among various stakeholders including policymakers, academia, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Katongo emphasized that the UNCTAD biogas report is the result of extensive consultations and meticulous assessment processes. It encompasses detailed analysis, findings, and recommendations aimed at facilitating the wider adoption and commercialization of biogas technology in Zambia.

Furthermore, the skills and lessons acquired from this initiative are envisioned to be replicated across various sectors, particularly in agriculture and other key economic domains.

The Acting Permanent Secretary underscored the global recognition of technology assessment as a crucial methodological tool for selecting technologies that support socioeconomic development.

He highlighted the prioritization of the energy sector within the project, indicating its significance in driving Zambia’s sustainable development agenda.

The exploration of biogas energy technology holds promising prospects for Zambia, offering a renewable and environmentally friendly energy solution that can contribute to agricultural productivity and overall economic growth.

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