Mission Biofuels signs second agreement for Indian Jatropha

Mission Biofuels Limited has announced that its Indian subsidiary, Mission Biofuels (India) Pvt Ltd, has signed another agreement (press release for the first agreement) with an Indian district controlled entity granting it exclusive, long-term access to Jatropha Curcas seeds from already planted lands as well as access to additional land in the district that is to be planted with Jatropha Curcas over the next three years.

The district authority has formed a Cooperative Federation under the Indian Societies Act which is owned by the farmers and Jatropha growers in the district which will be managed by the district authority. The district authority has, from funding received the district authority has planted over 60,000 acres of Jatropha Curcas during the last five years. The district authority will continue to plant more Jatropha Curcas under the purview of the State Government policies for funding and development of Jatropha Curcas. The district has now transferred all planted and to be planted Jatropha Curcas to this newly formed federation.

Under the Agreement, Mission Biofuels (India) Pvt Ltd has agreed with the District Authority and the federation to:

  • provide technical inputs and know-how to the Jatropha Curcas farmers;
  • establish nurseries; and
  • to support the newly formed federation in development of land along with effective utilization of Government grants for development of Jatropha.

This will enable Mission Biofuels (India) Pvt Ltd to gain exclusive access to all Jatropha Curcas seeds harvested in the district and will favorably impact the price Mission Biofuels (India) Pvt will pay for the Jatropha Curcas seeds purchased from the farmers and self-help groups of the federation.

Mr. Ashish Swarup, CEO of Mission Biofuels (India) Pvt Ltd, said:

This win-win partnership provides another excellent example of how a forward thinking government authority can help to provide: sustainable benefits to people living in poverty; long term value accrual to the Self help groups & farmers as owners of the cooperative federation; achievement of economies of scale; and benefits from the research and technical and commercial inputs from an integrated biofuels player. More districts should follow this example.

Mission Biofuels (India) Pvt Ltd is confident that this second win-win agreement will help it finalize arrangements ith some more districts in the region providing it immediate and long term access to large scale Jatropha Curcas seeds.

Source: Mission Biofuels via WA Business News


6 Responses

  1. Khatri ConsultencyProp. ASHOK KHATRIadrah colony, bhinmal0941441846009982593642E – mail – jatrophalandrajasthan@yahoo.in forestindiaseed@yahoo.com agrilandrajasthan@yahoo.com We, are a leading agri based consultency at sumerpur. We deal in sale & purchase of Agriland in Rajasthan.

    We have been effectively functioning for large-scale development of Jatropha plantation in all over Rajasthan. We are engaged in promoting Jatropha Plant Cultivation along with its marketing and development activities. We have our own farm houses in various districts of Rajasthan. We also have buy-back agreement with farmers and agri-companies for Jatropha seeds and Jatropha seedlings. We are supplier and exporter of high quality Jatropha seeds, seedlings, crude oil etc.

    Fully cultivated agriculture land is available for sale with us in Rajasthan, India; Which is well suitable for cultivation of Jatropha.

    Recently, there has been greater awareness on biodiesel in India and significant activities have picked up for its production especially with a view to boost the rural economy.


    Petroleum availability is finite; Therefore, Bio-diesel from renewable sources ensures energy security of the country

    Generates employment opportunities for rural masses, thereby, providing them livelihood support

    Plantation of oil yielding plants such as Jatropha Curcas for bio-diesel will result in greening of waste & fallow lands. It thus helps in Eco-restoration, drought proofing and environmental security.

    India has vast stretches of degraded land, mostly in areas with adverse agro-climatic conditions, where species of Jatropha can be grown easily, climate of Rajasthan suits jatropha cultivation. Jatropha is a hardy, perennial plant that can grow on eroded soils, has much higher water use efficiency and can withstand extreme drought.

    May need a bucket of water at planting time or planting may be done during or around rains.

    Khatri consultency is integrated for the purpose of promoting and implementing the methods for such plantations. We apply different techniques and methods, suiting the soil and climate for crop plantation.
    Jetropha is a plant, which is native of South America and Africa. Initially, it was propagated by Portuguese sailors around the world. Historically, it is about seven crore years old. It can be cultivated any where up to a height of 3600 meters above sea level and it’s commercial cultivation is recommended in rain-fed/drought-prone area where the seed yield as well as oil content is comparatively higher than in irrigated conditions.. Jetropha oil is a real and cost effective substitute of Diesel oil. Due to it’s medicinal values, it is known as jetropha (Jet + trophe = Doctor + nutrition).
    Jetropha plant identified as one of the most suitable Tree Borne Oilseed (TBO) for production of bio-diesel, the plant has some of the unique characteristics that make it highly advantageous.
    It is a non-edible oil, having its presence throughout the country. India has 75 million hectare of waste land & this land is suitable for jatropha plantation so there is a great scope for jetropha in India . Jetropha plant does not require maintenance because the stray animals do not eat this plant & hence there is no need for extra maintenance
    This plant not only grow on this wasteland, but also rehabilitates degraded or dry lands by improving land’s water retention capacity and making it additionally suitable for up-gradation of land resources.
    Jatropha plantation on wasteland will create additional employment in rural areas and therefore will help in rural development. Bio diesel from Jatropha will help in India self reliant.
    It is an environmental friendly fuel (as explained above) and so helps in preserving the natural environment.
    Oil extracted from a Jetropha seed can be used as Bio diesel for any diesel engine without modification Jetropha extracted oil are used as Bio Diesel, Varnishes, Illuminants, Soap, Pest control and Medicine for skin diseases. Jatropha Curcas – Source of Bio-diesel:
    There are many tree species which bear seeds rich in oil. Of these some promising tree species have been evaluated and it has been found that there are a number of them such as Jatropha curcas and Pongamia Pinnata (‘Honge’ or ‘Karanja’) which would be very suitable in our conditions. However, Jatropha curcas has been found the most suitable tree specie for the reasons summarized below:
    It can be grown as a quick yielding plant even in adverse land situations viz. degraded and barren lands under forest and non-forest use, dry and drought prone areas, marginal lands and as agroforestry crop. It can be planted on fallow lands and along farmers field boundaries as hedge because it does not grow too tall as well as on vacant lands alongside railways, highways, irrigation canals and unused lands in townships etc. under Public/Private Sector Undertakings.
    The seeds of Jatropha are available during the non-rainy season, which facilitates better collection and processing. The cost of plantation is largely incurred in the first year and improved planting material can make a huge difference in yield.
    Raising Jatropha plant and its maintenance creates jobs for the rural poor, particularly the landless, in plantation and primary processing through expellers.
    It has multiple uses and after the extraction of oil from the seeds, the oil cake left behind is an excellent organic manure, the bio mass of Jatropha curcas enriches the soil and it can also be put to other uses.
    Retains soil moisture and improve land capability and environment.
    Jatropha adds to the capital stock of the farmers and the community, for sustainable generation of income and employment.
    Economics of Jatropha Bio-diesel:

    In India, it is estimated that cost of Bio-Diesel produced by trans-esterification of oil obtained from Jatropha Curcas oil-seeds shall be approximately same as that of petro-diesel. On The cost of Bio-diesel varies between Rs. 16.59 –14.98 per liter. Assumptions are that the seed contains 35% oil, oil extraction will be 91-92%, 1.05 Kg of oil will be required to produce 1 Kg of Bio-diesel, recovery from sale of glycerol will be at the rate of Rs. 40-60 per Kg. The price of Glycerol is likely to be depressed with processing of such large quantities of oil and consequent production of Glycerol raising the cost of Bio-diesel. However, new applications are likely to be found creating additional demand and stabilizing its price. With volatility in the price of crude, the use of Bio-diesel is economically feasible and a strategic option.

    Oil Extraction and Esterification

    The fruits are collected and placed in open sun-light to be dried and treated manually or mechanically. Traditional techniques provided by “STICK” may also be used for decorticating seeds. Sun-dried fruits are placed in the power operated decorticator…. The technology has been established by I.I.T., New Delhi. The plant is available in Kanpur. The capacity of the plant is about 150 kg. seeds per hour and it is operated by 2.5 H.P. single phase electrical motor.. Such machines are useful to Jetropha groups/Panchayats.
    Sun-dried fruits are placed in manually operated decorticator. The technology has been established by NOVOD-BOARD for individual farmers. The capacity of the machine is about 20 Kg per hour. It is available @ of Rs. 6,500 per unit. NOVOD Board provide 30% subsidy against the cost.

    Thanks with warm Regards


    Prop. Khatri Consultency



  2. We proudly introducing ourselves and we running an N.G.O. in the style of “UNITED CHAMBER OF COMMERCE” registered office at Chennai and branch office at Manamadurai,Ramnad District. We are concentrating the micro finance promotion and devoulpment of S.H.Group of interior Tailnadu.That includes of Sivaganga,Ramnad,Dindugul and Theni Districts. We had about 100 S.H.Group under our head.

    We are intrest to promote the jatropha cultivation through S.H.Group and send the formalities.We expect your reply and thanking you,
    With regards,

  3. We would like to explore business opportunities of Jatropha, bio-diesel plant. We have around 1000 ac of land in Karnataka, India. We want to cultivate the plant and sell the seeds. We would like to have buy back agreement of seeds with you and needs iinitial support. Thanks and regards…….. Mahant

  4. Dear Sir,
    I am impressed about the work of jatropha plantation being taken by Mission Biofuels (P) Ltd. This would not only reduce our dependance on fossil fuel but be a sunrise industry in the time to come. I am interested more information about jatropha plantation and subsidy, grants, funding available for the same so that this can be taken to rural masses to grow this wonderful crop on the wasteland/degraded land/fallaw land which would result in alternate source of revenue for 40-45 years of plantgs’ life on sustainable basis.

  5. I appreciate and warm regards to Mission Biofuel (India) for their tremdous works in the field of Jatropha Plantation.

    Smriti Herbs and Bio Fuel Farm, Assam is carrying out jatropha plantation since 2006 in the state of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya under contract Farming concept with buy back of harvested seeds. The Farm provides quality planting material, technical assistant for better plant growth and yield and enter in to buy back agreement.

    the Farm has covered around 2000 Acres of land under plantation with buy back agreement since last Three Years in the North-East Region.

    North-eastern region is the natural choice and has the tremendous potentiality to grow a plant of bio-diesel value like jatropha.Smriti Herbs and Bio-Fuel farm is committed to provide high income energy crop for production of diesel, which involves poor farmers, agriculture job communities and unemployed youth of the rural areas .The N.E region of India has large area of land which is currently classified as marginal, waste or degraded land. The total area of waste land is identified as 9,31,000 ha.

    Jatropha being a new crop for commercial plantation, farmers requires trainings, financial support and security. The govt. should come forward, set a platform for public – private – partnership, and provide liberal support to farmers for massive plantation and awareness campaign.

    We can explore Jatropha Plantation with uy back in Thousands and Thousand Hectares of land in the north-east…….but farmers need financial assistance either from the govt. or pvt. company.

    Hemant Gupta
    Prop. Smriti Herbs & Bio fuel Farm
    H.O. Lucky Complex, J.K. Kedia Road
    Hojai- 782435, Assam
    Cell : +91-98643-65735
    e-mail : smriti_biofuels@rediffmail.com

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