ASSESSMENT OF THE SUITABILITY OF SOLAR ELECTRICITY ADOPTION IN POULTRY INDUSTRY OF PAKISTAN
This study was undertaken up to help farmers in the enhanced applications of solar energy at their poultry farms. As irregular supply of electricity and its high cost in the form of electricity bills and surcharge, is subjecting irreparable losses to poultry business. Solar energy with meager investment would help poultry business to flourish constantly by reducing one prime input factor. Each segment of poultry system whether it is heating, ventilation, humidity control or mechanized feeding, all require regular supply of power which could only be attained through solar energy that is available at the doorstep of the farmer for most part of the year. To tap this resource reliable and effective energy use system at poultry farms, especially of medium and small sizes. It seems easily manageable with the solar based energy. A comparison between both types for the benefit of our farmers an attempt is being made to come up with of poultry sheds i.e. conventional electricity and solar electricity based poultry shed is being made and payback period (26 – 27 years) and cost of one Solar based poultry shed (2.232 m2) for 32 birds is obtained (Rs. 108500). Energy requirement for one laying hen is 4.85 kW-hr/year.
Poultry Farm, Solar Energy, Solar Poultry Shed