RAJASTHAN,INDIA. INDIAN CENTRE FOR JATROPHA PROMOTION (CJP), WORLDWIDE PROMOTER OF JATROPHA FOR BIODIESEL HAS DEVELOPED UNIQUE HI-TECH JATROPHA TRAINING PACKAGE AND GOING TO START NEW SESSION IN APRIL, 2006
Establishment of successful Jatropha energy farms requires both technical and managerial solutions to problems encountered in the field. Therefore, by integrating technical and managerial issues, CJP has developed Jatropha Agricultural Training package to deliver Competencies through Qualified trainers with a practical 'hands on' approach. The next new hi-tech training sessions is scheduled to begin in April, 2007.
"By cultivating these energy-producing plants, processing them and finally producing bio-oil, we are creating new sources of income for the rural farmers." says R.K. Sharma Director (Plantation) at CJP. We are one of the oldest, reputed and premier organizations which are in the field of jatropha since no one was there. We have developed good cultivation practices for Jatropha so that the crop can produce high-quality fuel and help the rural farmer benefit with minimum inputs of men, money and materials.
Mr. Abishek Maharshi, CEO of Centre says" In recent years, the Indian government has shown a major interest in Jatropha, and alongside other developing countries, a number of international groups are now sharing this interest"
Jatropha is a non-edible, perennial plant that has been on the sidelines of research for the last fifty years. The main interest currently rests in Jatropha Curcas (the nuts of the plant), which produce seeds that can be used to produce biodiesel.
Given that it is non-edible, its cultivation doesn't impact the supply or prices of food crops. Another major bonus is that it can be grown just about anywhere including arid and drought-plagued regions. It is also cheap, hardy and not subject to the vagaries of seasons.
And then, there are further advantages that would make it appealing to developing countries. It is useful for restoring soil, combating desertification, and providing fertilizer as well as offering employment," said Mr. Maharshi.
He believes jatropha is a more sustainable crop than palm oil. While palm oil is currently prized as a future source for biodiesel, it is increasingly in the spotlight for environmental issues
CENTER FOR JATROPHHA PROMOTION & BIODIESEL (CJP) is a pioneer and an international leader in promoting Jatropha programs and activities that will lead to energy independence and the greater use of cleaner transportation. The CJP is the only organization that globally provides advanced level training with enhanced technology in the field of Jatropha promotion for biodiesel production