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Magor Promoting Jatropha Plantations in NE
(The Assam Tribune) The D1 Williamson Magor Bio Fuel Ltd has developed jatropha plantation over 51,000 hectares of land and the plantation carried out by the company in 2007 has started yielding sub-commercial crops ... The yield of the plantation in the NE region is better than that of the other parts of the country, but here the main challenge lies in the lack of financial strength of the farmers for undertaking weed control and other necessary upkeep measures during the initial gestation period when the plantation does not generate any annual income.
...The bio-diesel refinery is scheduled to be put into place in 2014.
Jatropha plantation in the wasteland in NE region is capable of providing 2,500 to 3,000 kg of jatropha oilseeds per hectare on maturity which can bring in the additional income between Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000 per annum. A few young plantations have started yielding 500 kg to 800 kg per hectare after two years of upkeep.
...It is supporting the farmers with select varieties of planting materials, supervision of the plantation and its after care. It is also offering buy back guarantee of the produce. It has set up 28 observatory farms, three full-fledged development centres and two product placement trial centres in the NE region. It is also encouraging gram panchayats to adopt jatropha plantation under NREGA so that the farmers can receive necessary wage support during the initial two years to raise their plantations successfully, the company said. READ MORE