BBP signs MoU with FMCL

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AMe­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing ( MoU) was signed be­tween Bhutan Bio­gas Project ( BBP), De­part­ment of Live­stock ( DoL), and Farm Ma­chin­ery Cor­po­ra­tion ( FMCL) on 30 De­cem­ber in Thim­phu.

The BBP was started with the ob­jec­tives to con­trib­ute to the na­tional aim of poverty re­duc­tion by im­prov­ing the liveli­hood and qual­ity of life of ru­ral farm­ers and to re­duce the im­pact of biomass re­source de­ple­tion.

Be­sides, it is to sup­port na­tional goals of food pro­duc­tion and live­stock de­part­ment and to im­prove health and hy­giene.

FMCL ex­pects to man­u­fac­ture and fabri­cate the bio­gas ap­pli­ances and ac­ces­sories which can be man­u­fac­tured within and im­port from abroad which can­not be man­u­fac­tured.

The MoU states that FMCL will sup­ply to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries as per the rec­om­men­da­tion of BBP.

BBP ex­pects to sup­port FMCL to pro­vide all the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion on the pro­duc­tion of ap­pli­ances and ac­ces­sories and sup­ply them to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

It is also to fa­cil­i­tate FMCL with de­tailed scope of work be­fore start­ing the man­u­fac­ture of bio­gas.

The project is also aimed at pro­vid­ing sus­tain­able en­ergy to re­duce de­pen­dence on fire­wood and ex­pen­sive fos­sil fu­els. The BBP con­trib­utes to the achieve­ment of the Mil- lennium Development Goals to end poverty and hunger and to en­sure en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Bio­gas tech­nol­ogy be­came an im­por­tant source of en­ergy that has brought ma­jor changes in the vil­lages. The di­rec­tor general of DoL, Dr. Tashi Samdup, said the bio­gas project had been im­ple­mented suc­cess­fully.

The trans­porta­tion of bio­gas prod­ucts till Ge­wog Live­stock Ex­ten­sion Cen­tres is ex­pected to be ar­ranged by FMCL based on the agreed rates be­tween the par­ties.

BBP and its rep­re­sen­ta­tives have the right to in­spect and test the bio­gas prod­ucts in the man­u­fac­tur­ing unit to con­firm the agreed spec­i­fi­ca­tions and stan­dards pro­vided by BBP. The MoU states, “If any of in­spected or tested bio­gas parts fail to con­firm to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the FMCL shall be re­spon­si­ble to meet the spec­i­fi­ca­tion and stan­dards as agreed.”

The in­stal­la­tion of the bio­gas plants can be done by bio­gas con­struc­tion group formed by the masons trained by the BBP.

The MoU was ex­pected to be ef­fec­tive and re­main valid and en­force­able from 1 Jan­uary 2017 to 31 De­cem­ber 2017. FMCL can pro­duce the bio­gas ac­ces­sories and spare parts as per BBP’s re­quire­ments and stan­dards, pre­pare and sub­mit the de­liv­ery sched­ule based on the an­nual work plan of BBP, ex­e­cute and com­plete the man­u­fac­tur­ing of bio­gas parts on time.

Af­ter- sales ser­vices are ex­pected to pro­vided, in­clud­ing nec­es­sary sup­port, ini­tial ca­pac­ity build­ing, spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and other nec­es­sary re­quire­ment.

The cost of the bio­gas prod­ucts and parts can be col­lected by the re­gional farm ma­chin­ery cor­po­ra­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives prior to the de­liv­ery of bio­gas prod­ucts and parts from the ge­wog live­stock ex­ten­sion of­fi­cers con­cerned.

The max­i­mum re­tail price of the bio­gas ap­pli­ances and ac­ces­sories can be de­cided and fixed based on the cost of pro­duc­tion and trans­porta­tion charges. The MoU states that both the par­ties can be in­volved in the price fix­a­tion.

FMCL in Paro is a state- owned en­ter­prise un­der the Min­istry of Fi­nance.

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