ADP funded 15 biogas plants in Soon Valley, in Khushab district in north-west Punjab. With a population of approximately 70,000 residing within 22 villages, this area is underdeveloped - an agro-based community, Soon Valley has a substantial number of small farmers who do not have a basic gas supply in their area and therefore rely on wood as a source of basic fuel. As a result, several areas of the valley have witnessed tremendous deforestation and drought in the recent past.

The 15 plants will meet the energy needs of approximately 360 people. ADP funded the project in three stages. Each bio-gas plant costed approximately $500 and 2 plants were constructed in the first stage, 4 in the second and 9 in the final stage. In addition to the provision of a renewable energy source, environmental preservation, mitigation of health risks posed by wood burning to the women as well as the by-production of organic fertilizer also benefited the people.

The local farmers who are the primary beneficiaries will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the plants thereby ensuring sustainable community participation.

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