Animal farms to take part in green project

St John Ambulance Malaysia Penang commander Datuk Dr Yee Thiam Sun making a donation during the launch of the mass CPR programme and Flag Day at Gurney Paragon Mall. WIth him is Phee (second left).

PENANG plans to introduce an eco-friendly power-generating system which can turn sewage from pig and chicken farms into biogas to generate electricity.

State Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said they were in the midst of discussions with a private firm and would announce more details once the ground work had been set.

“There has been a lot of support for this system including from a group of pig farmers in Valdor who manage some 78,000 pigs.

“They’ve signed with us to take part in the project,” he said after launching the St John Ambulance Malaysia Penang Flag Day and mass cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) event at Gurney Paragon recently.

Phee said an application had been submitted to the Sustainable Energy Development Authority for the feed-in tariff quota.

He said that besides producing a zero discharge of waste from the farms, the project would also benefit the environment in general and also lessen the risk of a Japanese Encephalitis outbreak.

“However, the owners are required to enclose their farms,” Poh said.

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