Cos ready for Jatropha foray

Written by ASHOK B SHARMA | New Delhi, Aug 21 | Updated: Aug 22 2007, 06:09am hrs
The Indian companies have geared up to enter into contractual agreements with farmers for largescale plantation of countrys cheap bio-fuel crop, Jatropha Curcas.

The Delhi-based diversified agro processor, Tinna Oils & Chemicals Ltd alongwith the US multinational ADM has set up a Greenfield bio-diesel production plant in Latur in Maharashtra to produce 50 tonne per day. The plant will be run on ADMs patented CD process.

We have started Jatropha plantation in 250 acre land in Swami Ramanand Teerth Marthwada University, Nanded as a model plantation. Our aim is to cover 20,000 acre under Jatropha in the next four years, said the Tinna director, Gaurav Sekhri.

S Sriram, Tata Chemicals is of the view that futuristic option for production bio-fuels can be from lignocelluosic biomass which is available in abundance. The public sector, petroleum companies are also not lagging behind.

AK Bansal, executive director of Bharat Petroleum Corporation, suggested that the government should allocate fund for cultivation of Jatropha, extraction of oil from seeds and blending of auto-fuels. We are prepared for blending of petrol and diesel to the extent of 30% to 40%, he added. Sekhri said, There is no clear policy to handover wastelands for Jatropha cultivation.Although some states like Chhattisgarh and Gujarat have come have come up with a policy, but no land has so far been allotted.