Kerala. India plans to produce 60 million tonnes (MT) of biodiesel per year by 2030, according to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Addressing farmers who grow jatropha, President Kalam said during his one-day visit to Chhattisgarh that biodiesel could transform India’s oil scenario.
“Jatropha is a vital tree for bio-diesel, farmers should use only high oil-content quality saplings. They must trim at the right time in the first one year to split the tree in at least in 60 branches so that a single tree can produce 400 grams of seeds in a year,” Kalam said.
He wished the farmers good luck in bring about a bio-diesel revolution in country and said “with limited research so far in bio-diesel sector, India aims to produce six MT of bio-diesel annually by 2010 and 60 MT by 2030.”
Sixty million tonnes is equivalent to approximately 18 billion gallons.
The president urged both the government and private sector majors to accelerate research in bio-fuel sector, as well as related aspects of production, marketing and processing.