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May 19, 2016 @ 1:45

Poop-powered irrigation pumps help Pakistan farmers grow richer, greener

FATEH JHANG, PAKISTAN — For farmer Mujahid Abbasi, switching the power source for his irrigation pump from diesel to biogas has brought economic and health gains.

The 43-year-old from Fateh Jhang village, some 42 kilometers from Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad, has benefited from a pilot project led by the Punjab provincial government to provide biogas equipment at a subsidized rate.

Mr. Abbasi uses dung from his 30 buffalo to produce nearly 40 cubic meters of gas per day, which powers his irrigation pump for six hours and his family’s cooking stove.



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