Biogas Solutions Uganda Ltd (BSU) is the National Implementing Agency for biogas activities in Uganda and is a company limited by guarantee. BSU which was registered in September 2014 is managing phase two of the Uganda programme. Under phase one (2009-2013) of the ABPP program, 5000 plants were constructed in 28 districts in Uganda, eight in Western, nine in Eastern and 11 in Central region. The second phase of the programme aims at constructing over 13,000 plants by 2017. Production dropped sharply in quarter 1-3 of year 2014 following the withdrawal of the subsidy but in the last quarter of 2014, the sector has witnessed a steady growth and is expected to increase due to our capacity building of Biogas Construction Enterprises (BCEs) and interest from partner organizations.
In addition to developing the BCEs, BSU is developing a centralized client service center to ensure technical and business standards for the biogas sector. This independent service center will ensure a accountability to clients by the BCEs, implement plant coding for quality monitoring and customer service inquiries. A research and development initiative in Uganda led to the development of the Lotus 2 stove. This locally adopted and fabricated stove has further brought down costs by 15%. The adoption of the Puxin biogas lamps has led to an additional cost reduction of 50%. Further research in new technologies and appliances to reduce the costs to increase uptake is ongoing.
Uganda has the highest number of female masons trained, 6% of all masons in phase one. Additionally, over 266 female users have been trained on biogas use, maintenance and safety. A gender expert works with the programme to provide advice during project design and implementation. BSU will continue emphasizing the role of women in the biogas sector and the impact that clean cooking has on women and children.
Uganda will also place significant emphasis on the use of bio-slurry as organic fertilizer for improved crop production and a potential source of income. Bioslurry extension is on the increase with all of the plants constructed in the last quarter of 2014 connected to a bioslurry pit. Efforts are underway to ensure that owners know the value of the bioslurry and use it appropriately to support good agriculture practices.