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Title: Economic analysis of biogas adoption technology by rural farmers: The case of Faisalabad district in Pakistan
Authors: Tahir Abbas
Ghaffar Ali
Sultan Ali Adil
Muhammad Khalid Bashir
Muhammad Asif Kamran
University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology Pakistan
Keywords: Energy
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Citation: Renewable Energy. Vol.107, (2017), 431-439
Abstract: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd This study attempts to estimate the economics of biogas plants in Faisalabad District and identify the factors affecting the adoption of biogas technology. The key stakeholders of the biogas plant are farmers. Primary data from 160 respondents having biogas plants of 4 m3, 6 m3, 8 m3, 10 m3, 15 m3, 20 m3and 25 m3from villages in Faisalabad was collected through stratified random sampling, using questionnaires. A benefit-cost ratio (BCR) is employed to estimate the financial benefits. A Logit model is used to analyze the factors affecting adoption of biogas plants. Results showed that BCR values are greater than 1 for biogas plants of all sizes. The most feasible size for a plant is 10 m3because it fulfills the cooking needs of an average family. However, small farmers with plant size of 4 m3benefit more than large farmers. Moreover, biogas adoption is not only financially feasible but environment-friendly as well. We conclude that biogas technology can be popularized by developing effective motivation strategies such as awareness through public service advertizing, through print and electronic media and by adoption of models of biogas plants best suited to the conditions of rural people in Pakistan. This further highlights the demand for the required policy framework to promote such renewable energy adoption technologies by local government and agricultural institutions, researchers, and policy makers.
ISSN: 18790682
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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