One may wonder upon hearing that a 62 KVA generator is running smoothly on biogas produced from poultry waste, but this has been made possible by entrepreneur Arjun Aryal from east Chitwan.

The electricity generated from poultry waste is used in the poultry farm. He informed that electricity worth Rs 100,000 is generated every month. It is a unique way of earning, he added. Owner of Annapurna Poultry Bidders Farm at Jyamire of Khairahani Municipality, Aryal, said the electricity was generated by spending Rs 1.2 million.

After its effectiveness, additional amount was invested to produce electricity in a modern way. Ultra-modern CSTR technology was adopted to produce electricity. For this, the World Bank provided grant of Rs 5.2 million under the energy development company, Aryal added.

After the production of electricity, the poultry waste does not emit foul smell, but becomes useful compost. Aryal has planned to augment the production of biogas from a 2,000 cubic metre dome.

The World Bank has also approved his proposal. For the mega-project, Rs 120 million is required. With this, the electricity needed for the poultry farm with 215,000 chickens would be produced. It runs a 250 KVA generator.

Among the total investment, the World Bank would provide Rs 40 million.

Currently, there are 100,000 chickens in the farm. Modern pens are also being constructed to accommodate 215,000 chickens. Aryal, who is bringing in modern pens, joined this business in 1996 after quitting a government job. He had begun working at Nepal Bank at the age of 18.

Aryal was appointed Director at Secondary Education Development Project by then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala in 1994.

After he was relieved from the director's post, he began poultry farming.

"We've imported automatic cage for the first time in Nepal," he said, stressing the need to modernise business with the adoption of technology. The farm is run in two bigha and 10 kattha land.

He had begun poultry farming with 60,000 chickens. There is high demand for eggs produced in his farm.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 16 2021, of The Himalayan Times.