ACTUATE team engages Abattoir operators in Edo State
• Harps On production Of Biogas Using Cattle Rumen
The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE), University of Benin, yesterday reiterated the role of abattoir operators as critical, crucial and important to the wellbeing of the people. Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, the ACTUATE Team Lead, disclosed this to newsmen in Benin City during a one-day ACTUATE capacity building and sensitization workshop for abattoir operators in Edo State organised by the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation.
Declaring the workshop open, Ezemonye, who was represented by Professor Christhopher Emokaro, informed the abattoir operators that the day’s event was organised to create awareness on the use of cattle rumen contents from abattoirs for the production of biogas, which is a clean energy alternative.
He recalled how members of the ACTUATE team visited their abattoirs to source for cattle rumen to feed the biodigester in the UNIBEN ACTUATE Biogas Project site. Ezemonye informed the abattoir operators that the cattle rumen collected had undergone an anaerobic digestion process and had started producing gas (biogas), which will be used to generate electricity.
He urged participants to consider starting a pilot AD project in their various abattoirs, so as to harness the inherent benefits of the technology.
Ezemonye also told the abattoir operators that apart from generating power from the biogas, the quality of their products would improve as the biogas generated can be used to singe cowhide, which is much safer and more environmentally friendly than kerosene and tyres, which leave harmful residue after use.
This he said could reduce production cost and increase turnover. Dr. Nosa Erhunmwunsee, in his presentation about the benefits of cattle rumen, which he delivered in Nigerian Pidgin English, acknowledged the immense contribution of the abattoir operators to the biogas production process at the ACTUATE Biogas Project site.
Dr. (Mrs.) O.R. Dania, in her presentation, encourages abattoir operators to take the issue of starting an AD pilot projects in their abattoirs seriously because of the numerous economic benefits. She added that the environment would be protected when cattle rumen is properly managed to generate wealth instead of dumping them indiscriminately.
She also said that such pilot projects have the potential to attract grants from foreign donors especially when such projects serve communal purposes.
Highpoint of the event was when the abattoir operators and students were taken on a guided tour to the ACTUATE AD Site where detailed explanations and demonstrations of the AD process were provided to the delight of participants.
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