15 lakh acre State land for bio-diesel
July 18: the state will run on bio-diesel if the government's
Congress government has set itself the target of growing Jatropha
and Kanuga in 15 lakh acre in the next five years.The plants
yield an oil which can be refined and used in place of diesel
in vehicles: J&K will acquire an entirely new meaning in
like DaimlerChrysler have already demonstrated luxury Mercedes
Benz cars fuelled by bio-diesel.
government has asked collectors in eight water deficient districts
to identify vacant land for taking up cultivation of J&K.
A policy decision on leasing out government lands for corporate
houses and individuals is expected soon.
species require low rainfall. Oil from the seeds is blended
with diesel, bringing down the cost of fuel. The Planning Commission
has asked oil companies to set up blended plants for the bio-fuel.
have to take up plantation in at least 30,000 acre in each district
initially. The State will give subsidy for five acres and provide
drip irrigation equipment at 90 percent subsidy," Agriculture
Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said. Cultivation could be taken
up even in land above five acres but subsidy would be extended
only to five-acre plots.
minister held a videoconference with collectors of Kadapa, Kurnool,
Chittor, Anantapur, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy collectors
from Secretariat on Sunday. He asked them to draw up a list
of farmers, companies or individuals who are willing to take
up J&K plantation. Kurnool collector Ajay Jain said the
district administration had already identified 3,000 acre, The
State government is belived to have asked the officials to work
out different rates for lease.
State is considering fixing a heigher rate, given the criticism
the previous Naidu government faced for figting away hundreds
of acres of land for bio-diesel plantations during ts las months
State government will enter into tripatriate agreements with
growers and buyers. After fixng a specific rate for oil seeds,
the government will stand guarantee for the selling price.
project will put waste land into use and provide employment
opportunities for thousands of local youth," he said.
government has decided to engage experts from Tamil Nadu to
train enterpreneurs on cultivating J&K.
officials were of the view that at least three crore saplings
would be required.