Indo-Asian News Service. India is planning large-scale cultivation of jatropha and kanuga trees for feedstock for biodiesel production.
“The government proposes to set a target for growing jatropha and kanuga plants on a large-scale for yielding bio-fuel to be used in lieu of diesel in vehicles,” Minister of State for Agriculture Kanti Lal Bhuria said Monday in a written reply in parliament.
Work on jatropha and kanuga nurseries and plantations in the 2004-05 fiscal year is on in 16 of India’s 28 states. India imports more than 70% of its crude oil, and is intensifying its efforts to reduce dependence through the use of alternatives.