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?Ratanjot? planted in 25,000 hectares

IN A bid to allay pressure over non-renewable sources of energy, plantation of 'Ratanjot' was started on a big scale in the division for producing bio-fuel. At present 25,000 hectares have been brought under cultivation

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 13:52 IST

IN A bid to allay pressure over non-renewable sources of energy, plantation of 'Ratanjot' was started on a big scale in the division for producing bio-fuel. At present 25,000 hectares have been brought under cultivation

As per official statistics in the past two years 212 hectares were brought under cultivation of 'Ratanjot and Karanjia Jetropha' in Indore district.

Similarly, 5,015 hectares in Dhar, 8,000 hectares in Jhabua, 2,000 in Barwani and 745 hectare in Khargone district were brought under cultivation of these plants.

With increase of vehicles and expansion of industries the use of petroleum and allied products has gone up considerably in the country.

At present India has to import 33 percent of its wants in crude oil supplies from abroad, which entails a heavy burden on the State exchequer.

Plantation of 'Ratanjot' is being giving precedence as its gestation period of one year is comparatively shorter than the four-year period of 'Jetropha'.

Estimates peg bio-diesel to meet five percent to 10 percent of crude oil demand of the country in the coming years.

First Published: Jan 02, 2006 13:52 IST