Is Jatropha farming profitable?

Is Jatropha farming profitable?

Cultivation of Jatropha appears viable due to its demand. Basically, Jatropha crop meant for wastelands and less productive lands, hence this crop will not replace other important food crops grown in rich soils. Jatropha farming is profitable as there is a huge demand for mass production of seeds for bio-diesel.

Is Jatropha a biofuel crop?

Jatropha is an underutilized, oil-bearing crop. It produces a seed that can be processed into non-polluting biodiesel that, if well exploited, can provide opportunities for good returns and rural development.

How do you make biofuel from Jatropha?

The production of the biodiesel was done with standard materials and under standard conditions which made the production a hitch-free one. The jatropha oil was heated to 60°C, and a solution of sodium methoxide (at 60°C) was added to the oil and stirred for 45 minutes using a magnetic stirrer.

How much biodiesel is produced from Jatropha?

The biodiesel production from multiple feedstocks reported during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 was 130,135 and 140 million litres respectively, and was estimated to go upwards of 150 million litres in 2017.

Can a jatropha plant be used as a biofuel?

Jatropha as a Biofuel. Jatropha. Jatropha Curcas Linn (Jatropha) by Plantations International is a plant whose seeds contains 30 to 40 per cent of their mass in inedible lipid oil, making them an ideal source for Biofuel.

Is it profitable to grow jatropha in India?

Jatropha farming is profitable as there is a huge demand for mass production of seeds for bio-diesel. In India, Jatropha is grown in almost all the state as a live fence for protection of agricultural crops from being damaged by cattle or goat or sheep as these animals do not eat Jatropha plants.

How much oil does a jatropha tree produce?

Jatropha trees have high yields: as much as 1.5 liters of oil per tree a year. Jatropha Biodiesel complies with current EU and US standards for Biodiesel.

When was the jatropha plant introduced to Kenya?

In 2000, jatropha, a plant native to Central America, was introduced, billed as the next big biofuel crop. The Kenyan government took away farmers’ land to make space for thousands of acres of monoculture. At the peak of the jatropha hype there were thousands of farmers in Kenya helping to grow the plant.