Absolutely. Jatropha is an economically viable biodiesel crop for India for a variety of reasons. For one, it’s cheap. The cost of 1000 Jatropha saplings (enough for one acre) in Pakistan costs around 5000 PKR (which comes to about 5 cents a plant). Additionally, the crop can grown in fairly desolate soil conditions requiring little water and soil fertility. The oil production on the plant is also quite high. The annual yield of one plant is 3.5kg worth of beans and 91% of the oil can be extracted using cold pressing. So yes, I believe that the Jatropha crop would be an excellent choice for biodiesel growth in India.
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