Biomass Technology Expo attracts thousands

11 Aug 2019 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – The attraction of 1 400 visitors and 120 exhibitors in agribusiness and biomass technology from seven countries around the world resulted in a record biggest annual Biomass Technology Expo (BTE).
The event was centred around addressing drought and alleviation of poverty in rural areas.
The one-day 2019 BTE, which took place on Friday at Otjiwa Safari Lodge, also comprised of live presentations and 30 live demonstrations showcasing bush-to-feed technology, charcoal production processes, harvesting techniques, wood composites and biomass energy, which ran throughout the day.
National Planning Commission chief, Ned Sibeya said through engagements held the 2019 BTE would set the precedence for similar events and become the annual industry event for biomass in Namibia.
“BTE develops new ways of thinking about our vast biomass resources and how it can be fully explored. The technology at the heart of this expo provides the means to unlock the true value of biomass,” he added.
During an annual general meeting for the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) at the BTE, NCA manager Michael Dege revealed that farmers and other agribusiness industry players saw successes in the charcoal production sector.
DHG, Namibia’s largest exporter of charcoal to Germany, announced it would more than double export capacity in the next year, from 18 000 to 45 000 tones.
In Namibia, about 60 to 70 per cent of people directly or indirectly depend on agriculture.
The first BTE was piloted in 2018.