GenSan, Sarangani eyed for jatropha production


Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews
Tuesday, 22 July 2008 08:54
var sburl4866 = window.location.href; var sbtitle4866 = document.title;var sbtitle4866=encodeURIComponent(“GenSan, Sarangani eyed for jatropha production”); var sburl4866=decodeURI(“http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4777”); sburl4866=sburl4866.replace(/amp;/g, “”);sburl4866=encodeURIComponent(sburl4866);GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – With 172,500 hectares of ready expansion area for jatropha production, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today endorsed plans by the Philippine National Oil Company’s Alternative Fuels Corporation (PNOC-AFC) to develop this city and nearby Sarangani province as major production areas for biofuels in the country.

In her visit to the two-hectare jatropha nursery and plantation of the PNOC-AFC and partner firm Jubilee Agri-Advancement Corporation (JAC) in sitio Lanton, barangay Apopong here this morning, the President directed PNOC-AFC officials to speed up the development and expansion this year of the jatropha nurseries and plantations in the area.

PNOC-AFC chair Renato Velasco said this city and Sarangani can offer at least 172,500 hectares for the production of Jatropha curcas, locally known as tuba-tuba.

Velasco said this city’s 140.57 hectares of jatropha plantation may expand up to 10,000 hectares.

He said Sarangani’s current jatropha plantation area of 238.36 hectares may be expanded up to 162,500 hectares.

“These are among our priority production areas for jatropha and eventually its end-product, the biofuels,” he told the President, who was joined by Press Secretary Jesus Dureza and local officials led by South Cotabato 2nd District Rep. Darlene Custodio and City Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr.

The President, clad in light blue raincoat, arrived at around 10am here amid morning drizzle. She was met by a cheering crowd of around 300 people, mostly barangay officials and jatropha farmers.

After the briefing, she inspected the jatropha nursery facility and briefly observed several workers harvesting seeds of the plant.

After signing Republic Act 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006, the President directed the PNOC-AFC to spearhead the production of biofuels in the country.

Last Feb. 7, the PNOC-AFC and JAC signed a memorandum of agreement on the establishment of a 500-hectare jatropha orchard here and in Sarangani for seedlings propagation and seed production to supply the requirements of plantations in the area.

The JAC, in partnership with farmer growers, has already planted 783 hectares with jatropha in General Santos City alone, which could produce one ton of seeds per week.

Last July 3, the PNOC-AFC and Landan People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, a pineapple growers’ cooperative of Dole Philippines based in Polomolok, South Cotabato, signed an agreement to plant jatropha on 5,000 hectares of marginal, idle unproductive lands in the area.

Eco-Global, a Korean biodiesel producer has also expressed interest in establishing commercial-scale jatropha nurseries cum plantations in various areas in South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sararangani and General Santos.

Jatropha curcas has been found to have the best potential for biodiesel having a yield of up to 40 percent of oil from its seed.

Based on this estimate, planting 2,000-2,500 jatropha plants per hectare could yield up to five tons of seeds or an equivalent of about 3,000 liters of biodiesel, which is now popular in Europe as an additive to petrochemical fuel. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)

2 Responses to “GenSan, Sarangani eyed for jatropha production”

  1. Ferdinand Van Wichelen Says:

    A yield of 40 pct oil extracted from jatropha seed is the highest I ever heard
    Based on such pct to achieve 3000 liter one would require 7500 MT of seeds and also this is rather high (in India I met biotech companines claiming they can reproduce now in large numbers jatropha seedlings with a yield of 10 MT/ha and 2500 plants per ha)
    If you want to avoid criticism about competition with human food consumption and you want to have jatropha plantations then you should also consider the use of the Belgian made soil soil conditioner Terracottem specially developed to stimulate plant growth in critical soils.

  2. Guillaume Foutry Says:

    We are developing a jatropha plantation project in Africa called treedoo (www.treedoo.org). There are lots of different figures regarding the yield of Jatropha but what is quit sure is that the yield/hectare as biofuel is a lot more important than these of corn or maze. And the use of Jatropha as biofuel does not compete with human consumption because Jatropha is non eatable.

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