Jatropha Biodiesel Bolivia Essay

392 WordsApr 19, 20092 Pages
STRATAGIES Environmental issues became a part of political considerations all around the world, recent researches on alternative energy sources provides us wide range of technologies that automobile sector could use efficiently. With only a routine adjustment, vehicles can be transformed into biofuel-driven mode. It has become clear that considering food supply issues, the least contradiction solution is given by jatropha curcus, a poiseneous, non-edible plant which is resistant even to extreme wheather conditions. As a traditional sector in Bolivia agriculture is still represented by 14,5% of the total GDP, land structure is perfect for planting jatropha and it would create job for hundreds of local farmers and their families. APTITUDES In Bolivia we already have showed interest in agriculture, a vast of 100.000hectares of good quality territory is available for being planted by jatropha curcus. An approximate of 300hectares is already planted, first experiances with this plantation are favourable for future expansion. This pilot project has clearly proved that planting jatropha is less expensive and more easy than any other type of plants from which biodiesel could be produced. Jatropha is seen to be the perfect biodiesel crop. It can be grown in very poor soils actually generating top soil as it goes, is drought and pest resilient, and it has seeds with up to 40% oil content. It can be intercropped with many cash crops such as coffee, sugar, fruits and vegetables with the Jatropha offering both fertilizer and protection against livestock. It needs at least 600mm of rain annually to thrive however it can survive three years of drought by dropping its leaves. It is excellent at preventing soil erosion, and the leaves it drops act as a wonderful soil enriching mulch. It reaches productivity after two years and lives up to 50 years. The first five years,

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