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Papua New Guinea

Morobe looks to follow India biofuel example

A Papua New Guinea agricultural company, Morobe Agro Farm (MAF), is collaborating with the Morobe provincial division of agriculture and livestock to set up a jatropha farm and a downstream processing facility.

The National newspaper reports that jatropha—a nut that can be processed into bio-diesel—is gaining popularity in China, South East Asia, India and Africa for its bio-fuel uses.

MAF managing director Zizimu Gaga said the project idea was endorsed by the provincial government, which funded a week-long trip for a delegation to Jaipur, India, last month.

Local agriculturalist, Amos Buieba Gaga who attended the mission says, “a hectare of jatropha has the potential to produce … 1,892 litres of oil, which is sufficient to run a generator in a district and  provide light for a month or two.”

 

 

 

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