In our programme for Biodiesel in India we are embarking to set up a research facility that will undertake design, innovate and develope bio diesel facilities, planting, extraction of fuels and down stream technologies with a thrust to maximize returns to the growers and processors.
As a precursor to this we are allowing corporate growers, small and marginal farmers and cultivators to explore with us the technology alternatives that can propel our energy needs and fulfill our ambition to be a premium energy producer of the world.
We will install pilot scale and prototype modular production technologies for extraction of Bio diesel and also demonstrate our state of art processing technologies.
In the process we will also offer several value added product chains that will propel the growers to maximize their profit potential of their land and cultivation assets and reap the reward of the pro successful enterprise abilities.
Area of cultivation: In India we have earmarked TamilNadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra ,Gujarat and Orissa.
We are in favor of the implementation of a user friendly concept that warrants for minimum input and delivers bumper crops. We are also looking for a practical type of cultivation that is compatible with the routines and possibilities of local farmers, so that the jatropha plantations can be profitable for the rural cultivators with a minimum input of men, money and materials. What will concern so is the per acre production economics for the growers.
We are also evaluating optimum utilization of land and irrigation resources, our understanding of the agricultural and horticultural crops, the markets , exposure to the global scenario, technical expertise from the global map, technological lead etc in trying to provide a single tier or multi-tier cropping solutions that the grower benefits through our association rather than struggle unlike other contract cultivators.
Farmer’s Economics- Franchisee’s
Farming unlike mechanics has many variances under the same input environment
Many different methods of establishment, farming and harvesting is possible. This trial is specifically designed to guide towards the right balance of cost, yield, labor and finally cost per Metric ton of the yield.
Jatropha foliage close up
Jatropha Nursery View
Our grower of the Jatropha farm in the Hinterlands of Tamilnadu.
Jatropha plants have been pruned by the grower
The toatl layput when beginning on Jatropha plants.
A two year old plant with the grower
Our expert team discussing issues with the grower
Intercropping Jatropha with Vegetable plants as experiemnted with this grower.
THE PRODUCTIVE PLANTATION OF JATROPHA CURCAS
The practices being undertaken by the Jatropha growers currently need to be scientifically managed for better growth and production. The growth and yield of Jatropha could be improved through effective management practices.
The keyfactors that can influence the oil yield of Jatropha Curcas are:
Seeds are oily and do not store for long. Seeds older than 15 months show viability below 50%. High levels of viability and low levels of germination shortly after harvest indicate innate (primary) dormancy.
Processing and handling
After collection the fruits are transported in open bags to the processing site. Here they are dried until all the fruits have opened. It has been reported that direct sun has a negative effect on seed viability and that seeds should be dried in the shade. When the seeds are dry they are separated from the fruits and cleaned.
Storage and viability
The seeds are orthodox and should be dried to low moisture content (5-7%) and stored in air-tight con-tainers. At room temperature the seeds can retain high viability for at least one year. However, because of the high oil content the seeds cannot be expected to store for as long as most orthodox species.
Dormancy and pretreatmentFreshly harvested seeds show dormancy and after-ripening is necessary before the seeds can germinate. Dry seed will normally germinate readily without pre-treatment. If this is the case, it is not recommended to remove the seed coat before sowing. Although it speeds up germination there is a risk of getting abnormal seed-lings.
JATROPHA YOUNG PLANTS IN OUR PLANT NURSERY.
TOUR OF OUR JATROPHA GROWING AND TECHNOLOGIES
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