“How to transform animal farm waste and harvest residue into a financial benefit and at the same time protect the environment?”

30.01.2018

The USAID Energy Investment Activity Project and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), through the project “Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources in BiH” and in cooperation with the City Administration of the City of Bijeljina, hosted a Roundtable on topic “Agricultural Biomass Use for Energy Generation in the Bijeljina Area.” The Round table was held on January 30, 2018, in Bijeljina.

The aim of this event was to present to farmers the possibility of using agricultural biomass – residue after harvest and manure from animal farms – for the production of thermal energy and electricity. The remains after the harvest could be used in the district heating system in Bijeljina, and the manure stock in a biogas plant. The biogas power plant would not only provide additional revenue through the sale of electricity, but would also contribute to environmental protection, as it would prevent the pollution of groundwater caused by the improper disposal of manure.

Farmers would also generate additional revenue by selling part of the harvest residue, which would replace coal and thus reduce air pollution. One of the main conclusions of the Roundtable is that the association of small farms would enable faster and financially more favorable conditions for the biogas power plant construction and the procurement of equipment for collecting the harvest residue.

The Roundtable was attended by representatives of the largest companies in the area of Bijeljina that are involved in cattle breeding and crop production.