Tanga. The governments of Tanzania and The Netherlands have issued Sh3 billion to finance a project to help rural farmers acquire improved biogas plants.
Tanzania Domestic Biogas Project (TDBP) -- the Arusha-based Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation and Rural Technology (Camartec) wing -- will implement the project which will, among other things, provide energy for cooking and lighting.
The two-year project will be financed through the Rural Energy Agency (REA) on behalf of Tanzania and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme manned by Hivos on behalf of The Netherlands.
Speaking during the launching of the project held at Boza Village in Pangani District, Tanga Region, on Thursday, SNV renewable energy sector leader Martijn Veen hailed the commitment by the Tanzania government to the project.
Apart from uplifting lives of rural dwellers, the project would go a long way in protecting the environment by reducing the number of trees felled for fire wood and charcoal production each year, Veen said.