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First animal husbandry biogas power project for New Taipei City

Pigs are pictured in a farm in New Taipei City’s Linkou District in an undated photo.

Photos courtesy of New Taipei City’s Agriculture Department

There are more than 20,000 pigs in New Taipei City’s Linkou District, accounting for close to one third of all pigs raised in the entire city. In order to reduce environmental pollution caused by pig farming, the New Taipei City government this year began working on helping Linkou’s pig farmers upgrade their farms. The government plans to set up a shared wastewater treatment center and develop biogas power generation by the end of the year at the earliest. The biogas plant is expected to be the first of its kind in the city and will produce 2.8 million kWh of power per year.

Yu Fu-ling, head of the agriculture and animal husbandry management section in New Taipei City’s Agriculture Department, says there are 29 legally registered pig farms in the Linkou and Rueishukeng river basins. According to Yu, the National Animal Industry Foundation assessed the situation and concluded that biogas power generation using the animals’ urine and feces would be very effective, adding that while the treated filtrate could be used to irrigate crops, the remaining solids could be used for fertilizer.

President of the New Taipei City Swine Association, Lee Tang-chi, says that although most pig farmers agree the industry needs to transform itself and adopt more environmentally friendly measures, the project will be very expensive as installing the facilities would cost over NT$100 million and the central government is only willing to subsidize half of this, expecting the industry to come up with the remainder.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Tu Yu-an)



1. biogas power generation n. phr.

沼氣發電 (zhao3 qi4 fa1 dian4)

2. urine n.

尿 (niao4)




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