Jatropha cultivation underway in 6 Regions


Cultivation of Jatropha plant, a potential source of biodiesel, is underway in six Regional States, according to the Ministry of Water and Energy (MoWE).
The Public Relations and Communication Directorate Director with MoWE, Bizuneh Tolcha, said the cultivation is underway on over 2.5 million hectares of land in Tigray, Amhara, SNNPR, Somali and Benishangul Gumuz regions.
Some six investors are also developing the plant on 85,208 hectares of land, the director indicated.
Bizuneh further said that the construction of Jatropha processing plants is underway in various parts of the country.
Accordingly, the Organization for the Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), in partnership with the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, erected a plant that extracts 300 liters of Jatropha oil per day in Bati, a town in the Amhara Regional State.
Similarly, African Power Initiative, a biodiesel company, is undertaking the construction of a factory that extracts 2,000 liters of Jatropha oil a day in Mekele, the Capital of the Tigray Regional State, he added.
Moreover, Atrif Alternative Energy PLC is also constructing a plant that extracts 3,000 liters of Jatropha oil per day in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State.
In addition to its use as a source of energy, Jatropha has a significant contribution for environmental conservation activities as it grows on depleted land.