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Bio energy Crops

At the current level of consumption of petroleum products, energy shortages is going to impact agriculture as seriously as water. With proper energy farming strategy, agriculture can become a net contributor of energy rather than a hopeless consumer. The potential of tree born oilseeds like Jatropha, Pongamia and Mahua to produce bio diesel is quiet high considering the extensive areas of culturable wastelands in the country. Energy farming alone can contribute millions of jobs in rural areas, through primary and intermediate level processing units. However, there are critical gaps in our knowledge on the actual potential of these crops under real farm conditions and the problems that might arose while scaling up. The Government of India has already initiated a mission on bio fuel crops. CRIDA is participating actively in the network projects on bio fuels both at the national and regional level and clear answers to some of the questions on viability of biofuel crops may be available soon.

 
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