FAISALABAD - A Biogas Research Institute will be established at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) in collaboration with Biogas Institute of Ministry of Agriculture, (BIOMA) and People’s Republic of China. This was revealed during a meeting of UAF scientists with 4-member Chinese delegation headed by Ren Xiaobin, Deputy Director, Training and Information Research Centre BIOMA in New syndicate Hall of UAF here on Thursday.

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad welcomed the members of Chinese delegation and hoped that the proposed project would become a milestone for research and development activities in the field of renewable energy in the country. Dr Iqrar lauded the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for the promotion of research and development activities in the energy sector. He maintained that due to the absence of appropriate R&D mechanism, Pakistan could not have exploited its potential in renewable energy sector. He said that during last 35 years more than 7,000 biogas plants were set up but due to non-availability of sufficient human resource the system could not be sustained.

Mr Ren Xiaobin while addressing the scientists, said that Pakistan had great potential to generate renewable energy particularly through biogas. He urged the scientists to adopt latest technology in order to develop a sustainable environment friendly energy production in the country.

He said that BIOMA had set up 65 projects in various countries and provided training facility to 560 workers and experts. He added that BIOMA would provide all sort of technical assistance for the establishment of proposed Research Institute. Delegation also visited various sites of alternate energy.