Business Standard. The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) has set a target to bring at least 40% of its wasteland under jatropha cultivation for biodiesel feedstock within the coming five years.
According to the State Jatropha Mission Cell sources, the state government had formed a joint venture with Bharat Petroleum Ltd in the name of Bharat Renewable Energy Ltd (BREL), which will be investing Rs. 2,031 crores [US$474.4 million] in 30 districts of the state towards bio-diesel production.
In all, sources claimed, 15.86 lakh [1.586 million] hectares of wasteland had been marked for cultivation of Jatropha in the state and in Agra alone, 26,721 hectares wasteland had been set aside for bio-diesel cultivation.
Contrary to policies so far, the government reportedly will not take over the land; instead, farmers will be allotted land for jatropha.
Located in the northern part of India, and sharing an international border with Nepal, UP is India’s most populous state.