The Meshalu family live in Kimandolu
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CTA. 1991. The Meshalu family live in Kimandolu. Spore 31. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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, a small village about 15km from Arusha in northern Tanzania. They keep five head of upgraded cattle, and sell the milk in town. Mrs Meshalu participated in a seminar for smallholders which was conducted at the Livestock Training Institute in...
, a small village about 15km from Arusha in northern Tanzania. They keep five head of upgraded cattle, and sell the milk in town. Mrs Meshalu participated in a seminar for smallholders which was conducted at the Livestock Training Institute in Tengeru. She was so impressed by the biogas plant she saw there that she persuaded her husband that they should install their own unit. They got in touch with the Biogas Extension Service (BES) of the Centre for Agricultural Mechanization and Rural Technologies (CAMARTEC). CAMARTEC has been promoting biogas technology since 1983, in collaboration with GATE/GTZ. The Meshalus installed a standardized 16m3 fixed dome plant. The 4m3 of biogas per day provides enough fuel for cooking two meals for six people, preparing tea, coffee and heating water and also for lighting. So the family now enjoys easy, clean and smoke-free cooking. The newly-laid concrete floor of their cowshed allows easier filling of the biogas plant and improves hygiene. The high population density of the region and the intensive agriculture results in high demand for domestic energy and fertilizer and the relative scarcity of fuelwood makes biogas technology particularly attractive. Purchase of feeding materials is often a major problem. However, the very high yields of fodder grass which result from the application of digested slurry is of great benefit. It can also replace costly mineral fertilizer. BES is currently training engineers and craftsmen in the construction of biogas units in Arusha and Kilimanjaro Regions and supervises the first constructions carried out by the trainees. Many other families will benefit from the 'cow to the cooker' technology.