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Namibia to host biomass technology expo in August


WINDHOEK, June 20– Namibia will host a Biomass Technology Expo on Aug. 9, in order to encourage efficient harvesting and processing of its vast biomass resource and generate income.

Colin Lindeque, general manager of the Namibia Biomass Industry Group, said Thursday that the expo will focus mainly on bush-based fodder production, modern charcoal production, efficient harvesting techniques, surveying and aftercare technologies.

“Harvesting and processing of the biomass resource has the potential to sustain thousands of jobs,” said Lindeque, adding that it could also provide support for other industries.

However, bush encroachment has affected about 45 million hectares of land so far, according to Lindeque.
Last year, the Namibia Biomass Industry Group organized the first ever demonstration day which attracted over 400 people from the biomass sector, including producers, farmers and entrepreneurs. –XINHUA