Provincial S&T Center in Oriental Mindoro (PSTC-Oriental Mindoro) Provincial S&T Director (PSTD) Jesse M. Pine with Mr. Nelsion B. Diona of Red Gate Farm Supplies and hog raisers from the municipality of Gloria, Pinamalayan, and Bansud during the Biogas Technology Forum.

Fifteen (15) hog raisers from various municipalities in Oriental Mindoro were oriented on the applications of biogas technology to boost productivity in the hog raising business in the province. The forum on the said technology was held last June 1, 2022, in an activity organized by DOST-MIMAROPA Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP)- assisted beneficiary Mr. Nelson B. Diona, owner of Red Gate Farm Supplies, to orient fellow hog raisers on technical knowledge pertaining to swine production including pest and disease management, breeding, and formulation of feeds.

DOST-Oriental Mindoro discussed the advantages of adopting biogas technology which includes the reduction of air, soil, and water pollution. Traditional livestock raising is known to contribute to water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as it allows for piling of animal manure in open areas wherein harmful chemicals seep through the soil or drain down the natural water bodies.

PSTD Jesse M. Pine discusses the biogas technology

Through the biogas technology, generation of a by-product called methane is produced which can be used for cooking, heating, or fuel for stationary farm engines. An estimated average of PhP 58,000 fuel savings per month were generated by the operational ones with reference to 1 LPG tank/month use at an estimated average price of PhP1,000/tank. In addition, an enriched organic digestate is also produced which is a perfect soil supplement or substitute for chemical fertilizers. This makes the biogas technology ideal for hog raisers, especially those engaged in large scale production, with limited waste sanitation facilities. To date, 35 biogas facilities were constructed in the province since 2000. However, due to the breakout of the African Swine Flu (ASF), many backyard and commercial piggeries with biodigesters had to temporarily suspend operations until situation improves.

A same forum will be conducted this June 2022 to promote the technology to more hog raisers in the province.