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Preliminary study on viability of small-scale biogas plant design in dairy farms in Sabah, Malaysia.

In 2009, Malaysia introduced National Green Technology Policy with its main agenda was to increase the development of green technology in Malaysia. During the first 2 years after it has been launched, the construction of green technology facilities such as biogas plants and solar panel farm has increased rapidly. In 2011, 10 small-scale low cost biogas digesters were planned to be installed in selected dairy farms around Keningau, Sabah. This project was initiated by Department of Veterinary Services Sabah (DVS Sabah). Two of the biogas plants are concrete, costing RM45,000.00 to RM50,000.00. Whereas the rest are fiberglass digesters that cost around RM4500.00 to RM6000.00. The purpose of this biogas project was for livestock waste treatment, water heater and gas generation. In 2018, it was observed that out of 10 biogas plants, only one biogas plant is still functioning to meet its purposes. This biogas plant is located in Stesen Pengurusan Ternakan (SPT) Sebrang. This farm is currently managed by DVS Sabah as a  pilot project and making it as  a model farm in biogas for Sabah. The reasons for the rest of biogas plants with these designs not functioning properly are due to poor maintenance, damage, transfer of farm ownership, issues within farm management and lost of interest among the farmers.    

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Nurshuhada Solahudin. Preliminary study on viability of small-scale biogas plant design in dairy farms in Sabah, Malaysia. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of Rapid Oral Presentation).

 

*1Nurshuhada Solahudin, 1Nurul Aini Mohd Yusof, 2Suhaimi Dollah  

1Research and Innovation Division, Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industries, Wisma Tani, Podium Block, 4G1, Precint 4, 62630 Putrajaya. 

2Veterinary Public Health Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Services, 43900 Salak Tinggi, Selangor  

*Corresponding Author: nurshuhada@dvs.gov.my


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