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India: UP to cultivate jatropha for biofuel
Source : business-standard.com
The Uttar Pradesh government is setting up a jatropha nursery spread over 1'000 hectares in Bahraich district to cultivate seeds for future plantations to extract biodiesel. The project is aimed at augmenting farmers' income by creating a value chain for them. The farmers would sell jatropha seeds to companies, which would extract oil and subsequently produce biodiesel for mixing with fossil fuel. Jatropha is a short plant, which produces oil-bearing seeds, which are then processed to produce biofuel. It grows on barren stretches of land, thus its farming does not affect food crops. The government has joined hands with Biotech Park, Lucknow, for preparing the nursery under Jeevan Jyoti Pariyojna of the rural development department. "The nursery is coming up on barren land of the respective gram sabha and panchayat. The local farmers would be involved in the farming and will later sell the seed", Biotech Park Chief Executive Officer (CEO) P K Seth told Business Standard.
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30 May 2011 |
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