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Ba, Fiji – Plans to reduce emissions from manure treatment recently took a step forward for the Marinitawa Cluster Farmers thanks to the support of Rise Beyond the Reef.
The installation of the biogas unit will provide cooking gas and organic bio fertilizer.
The unit will take animal and organic kitchen waste and will “help offset 6 tons of CO2 per year and reduce emission such as CO2, CH4 and N20.”
Rise Beyond the Reef said the Marinitawa Cluster Farmers would have the benefit of the organic fertilizer produced by the biogas unit “to substitute fertilizer that is heavily used in the sugar cane farm.”
Co-founder and executive director, Janet Lotawa said: “Manure left on pasture and manure management are the second highest sources of GHG emission in the agriculture sector in Fiji.
“Agriculture is part of the Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) that government released in 2018 and intends to reduce from base year of 45 Gg CO2e or 5% for its high ambition target.
“Fiji is also in the process of finalizing its country program where it identified climate smart agriculture as one of the key priorities under agriculture sector.”
A total of 45 men, 35 women and 25 youth will benefit from the single unit with plans for further additions.
The project is funded by the Australia government’s Department of Foreign Affairs &and Trade (DFAT) and the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).