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Sabah keen to tap agricultural waste for energy

Sabah is keen to develop a biogas sector to tap into fuel that can be harvested from millions of tonnes of waste generated yearly by the agriculture industry.

A move to diversify the state’s energy sources is always a good idea, said state tourism, culture and environment minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

“We will look into this further with the Natural Resources and Envi­ronment Ministry,” he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Sabah Environmental Depart­ment and Natural Resources and Environment Ministry as well as 22 other agencies and companies.

Masidi urged all those involved in the signing of the MoU to be committed to promoting green living.

He added that an annual report should be done to analyse what environmental activities had been carried out and to monitor progress.

Among those present at the event was Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dr James Dawos Mamit who said that biogas could be an effective fuel.

Dr James said this method could help rural folk because they have larger land areas as well as resources such as animal and human waste.

He also said this method could be implemented in Sabah because of the huge number of oil palm estates here.

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