Quality ranking of energy crop plantations-methodology developed for Jatropha curcas

Sumit Sarkar


The constraints for a economically feasible biofuel crop plantation is to assess the critical factor of plant growth and estimated yield at various ages of plants. The GoI’s ambitious plan of producing sufficient biodiesel by fiscal 2011-12 to meet its mandate of 20 percent blending is looking unattainable given the doubt prevailing amongst plantation growers regarding its yield. As you are aware, that Jatropha curcas is a plant species which started its journey towards domestication recently. Like with any other crop this journey started with a number of empirical observations on key factors that influence the successful establishment and growth of Jatropha trees. These early efforts to understand the new crop have in some instances been supported with scientific experiments. This effort resulted in the current knowledge platforms amongst the professionals around agronomy and crop-management. A study has been conducted by researchers to standardize a methodology based on certain quality parameters of Jatropha plantation and rank it according to its yield probability.


Jatropha curcas; Energy; Crop Plantation

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