STAFF REPORT RWP: In order to overcome the energy crisis, the government needs to utilise the agricultural waste to produce bio-ethanol and bio-diesel by installing the plants for the purpose.
The experts put forward the suggestions during a recently concluded three-day International Bio-energy Conference organised by Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Dr. Manzoor Hussain Somroo, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), was the chief guest of the inaugural session. In his remarks, he stressed that scientists should provide solution to energy crisis in the country.
Other experts said that in countries like Pakistan, agricultural waste was the most efficient and cheap alternative to thermal power if converted into bio-ethanol and bio-diesel that would significantly reduce the oil import bill of the country.
After the defence spending, they said, the big chunk of national budget is allocated for import of fuel for generating energy from thermal sources as only 30 per cent of energy was being produced from water.
The biogas can also replace CNG and produce electricity. It is something easy and affordable but needs will of the government, Prof Dr Gulfraz Satti, Chairman IIUI Biochemistry Department said in his remarks.

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