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Indian State to Plant 160 Million Jatropha Plants in Quest for Biofuel Self-Sufficiency

4 April 2006

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Kerala. The Indian state of Chhattisgarh will plant 160 million jatropha saplings in all its 16 districts this year with the aim of becoming a biofuel self-reliant state by 2015. (Earlier post.)

Some 80 million of the jatropha plants are to be planted by the forest department in wasteland areas, according to the report by the Indo-Asian News Service. Jatropha can thrive under a variety of geo-climatic conditions, has a low gestation period and a high seed-yield.

“In a bid to inspire small farmers for mass cultivation of jatropha, the government has decided to provide 500 jatropha saplings free of cost to farmers interested to cultivate it and 50 paise per sapling will be charged for above 500 saplings,” the [unnamed] official said.

The state of Chhattisgarh plans to earn Rs.40 billion (US$895 million) annually by selling seeds after 2010. It has advised the central government to introduce a national biofuel policy and provide a massive grant to states working on a long-term policy to emerge as biofuel self-reliant.

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building fuel and a forest simultaneuosly. that is beautiful.

if not for the history of oppression and modern situation of corruption, incredible poverty and war in Saharan Africa, maybe a similar initiative would work there.

once you plant enough trees in the marginal areas, they will improve the soil and increase the moisture in the air, introducing moisture to areas downwind. through this process, the whole saharan desert could be reclaimed and (re)forested.

and if it is done using a high concentration of legumes (which are usually high in oil and also improve soil through nitrogen fixation) the forest could be a fuel source.

More on Jatropha here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jatropha
http://www.biodieseltoday.com/

India does not possess significant fossil fuel assets of its own, so biofuels are part of an intelligent long-term energy strategy for this tropical country. The plant also has many secondary uses.

However, there are a few things worth noting:

a) Jathropa Curcas, though widely planted in India already, is not native to the subcontinent. Massive monocultures could very easily favor the establishment of pests that could also harm indigenous species.

http://bokudok.boku.ac.at/bokudok/search_project.show_project?project_id_in=351
http://www.ibw.com.ni/~biomasa/proceed.htm

b) Biodiesel is sulphur-free and produces less PM by mass than regular diesel. However, it produces just as much of the very fine, invisible PM2,5 (<2.5 micrometer) that represent the greatest danger to respiratory health. Therefore, India should also promote the use of particulate filters, at least on trucks and railway locomotives. Western solutions may still be prohibitively expensive for them, but the country has a large number of excellent engineers who can probably figure out retrofit strategies that they can then export to other countries.

Shaun,

Despite the corruption and war, there is significant food crop capacity in Africa today, only the EU/US subsidy situation won't let it realize its wealth potential for many Africans.

Perhaps it would be different with biofuel or fuel crops, but the US example of 100% duty on Brazilian ethanol isn't encouraging.

Could Diesel emissions be pass through a water pipe to Trap soot Ash & Particles?

Anyone Know?

dimitri,

you are right. i should've listed oppression in both the history and modern list.

theoretically, the WTO is working towards reducing anti-competitive practices like subsidies at home and unfair tariffs for products from abroad.

unfortunately, these are politically unpopular in the agricultural swing states, so our system of government may not be up to the task.

from what i heard about the recent WTO meetings, the european governments weren't ready to change their practices, either.

our company is 2005_2006 year 6500acrs jetropha plantion .2006_2007 year 3.5 lack acers jetropha plantion program booking

required technical assistance for our proposed 1000 acre plantation of jatropha at tamilnadu

I'm now in Thailand and doing foodstuffs business. I found Jetropha as one of most possible raw material of bio-diesel and it's getting much reputation in India.
If possible I would like to do plantation of Jetropha as business in future.
So please kindly advise about general information about Jetropha in India such as yield, production acres, oil specification and so on..


I interested to go for jetropha plantation in bihar. The region where i want to start plantation is flood pron .please let me know the environment coditon where jetropha can give maximum yield .

dear Sir Iam running an ngo intereste injetropha plantation

dear Sir Iam running an ngo intereste injetropha plantation

i am producer of Jatropha plant and i have lots of quantitiy and i am sell out those plants.so if any one contact on my ph.no.9827519620 Vinod tiwari

Hi, im interested in cultivating jathropa, is there any available seedlings or any group in the Philippines that will help us?

Anyone interested in Jatropha curcas plants, its plantation, maintenance/contract farming, please contact : 94441 17756
Already we have good plantation coverage in Tamil Nadu, India and we have experience in this field. Anyone who has genuine interest alone contact.

I AM INTERESTED IN PLANTING JATROPHA SEEDS IN SA, BUT DONT KNOW HOW TO GET HOLD OF SEEDS IN SA. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME?

The Director
Green car congress
Sub:INVITATION FOR ASSOCIATING IN PROJECT JETROPHA
UNDER (MINISTRY OF FOREST, ASOM) INDIA.

DEAR SIR,
IT IS TO INFORM YOU THAT, OURS IS A NON- GOVT- ORG NAMED AS (NORTH EAST REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM) SERVING SINCE 2001.

THAT SIR, GOVT OF ASOM(FOREST DEPT)HAS TAKEN A ECO-FRIENDLY BIO-DIVERSITY PROJECT FOR BIO-DIESEL EXTRACTION FROM JETROPHA PLANT. THE PROJECT JETROPHA HAS BEEN SANCTIONED UNDER THE PRIME INITIATIVE OF GOVT. OF INDIA AND ASOM .

THAT SIR , I AM VERY MUCH PLEASED TO INFORM YOU OUR ORGANISATION HAS BEEN INVITED TO LOOK INTO THE PROGRAME AND ACTIVITIES FOR SPREADING AWARENESS PROGRAME AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.

BASICALLY, WE PLANNED TO PREPARE A DOCUMENTARY VIDEO-MAGAZINE BECAUSE OF THE RECALL VALUE WITH A MAX TIME DURATION OF 90 MINS FOR VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS/GROUPS THAT TO TARGET AUDIENCE PROVIDING ALL THE DETAIL INFORMATION IN IT.

HENCE,IN THE INTEREST OF THE PROJECT I EARNESTLY,REQUEST YOU TO ASSOCIATE WITH US FOR THE AWARENESS PROGRAME AND PROVIDE US YOUR EXPERTS OPINION AND SUGGETION.

FOR YOUR KIND INFORMATION YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED, WE SHALL ASK YOU TO SEND THE DETAIL FORMAT WITH OTHER PARTICULARS AND ON HEARING FROM YOU IN THE AFFIRMATIVE SEND YOUR TERMS AND CONDITION.

I AM ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR YOUR EARLY REPLY.

YOURS SINC,
R. RAJ HAZARIKA
FOR NERDC.
MOBILE NO* +919864178080.+ 919954046442

WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE DETAILS OF THE BUYERS OF FULL GROWN JATROPHA PLANTS WITH THE OFFER PRICE.
THANKS.

We want 100kg of Jatropha Curcus seeds and 20,000 saplings for plantation in Kutch Dist of Gujarat. Please quote offer ex Bhuj for above.

Dear Sirs,
I have around 40 acres land presently growing various kinds of Horticultural items.
I'm interested in Jatropha plantation.
Kindly give me more and more details on the same as to what kind of land is suitable for this plantation.
From where to get the seeds or seedlings of this plant.
Kindly provide me contact details too.
I'm based in Karnataka State.
Thanks.
Rafiq Ahmed Shimoga

You can get Jatropha Seeds and Jatropha Curcas plants from India. For more details about jatropha Plant and Jatropha curcas seeds.

following websites contain information on Jaatropha caurcas:

www.jatrophaseeds.com
www.jatrophaplantsource.com
www.makingbiodiesel.com

Lisy

I have 100 acres land in rajasthan.i want to grow jatropha.plz tell me which companies are grow jatropha on contract base.
Thank u

I would like to know more on the requirements
type of soil
min annual rainfall
min temp - max temp
what sort of regular care
irrigation
manuring etc
required for JATropha CULTIVATION.

IS THERE A BUY BACK SOURCE FOR JATHROPHA SEEDS AND OILS.

I would like to know more on the requirements
type of soil
min annual rainfall
min temp - max temp
what sort of regular care
irrigation
manuring etc
required for JATropha CULTIVATION.

IS THERE A BUY BACK SOURCE FOR JATHROPHA SEEDS AND OILS.

You can find pricing and specifications of a small biodiesel unit at http://www.altenergy.in/biodieselunit.html

FOR JATROPHA BIODIESEL BUSINESS PLAN FROM FARM TO FUEL, VISIT: http://www.jatrophaworld.org
regards,
JATROPHAWORLD TEAM

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