Britain’s C3 wants to plant jatropha for biodiesel in Mozambique

24 October 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Oct – Britain’s Climate Change Corporation (C3) is working with the authorities of Buzi district in Mozambique’s Sofala province on a project to produce biodiesel, officials said.

The project’s first stage will see the planting of 1,000 hectares of jatropha, with the district’s agricultural director, Caetano Benedito saying that the areas to be planted had already been earmarked.

C3 will supply all the equipment to kick-start the project and has already signed a deal with the Buzi authorities setting out the principles to be followed by farmers who wish to take part.

In order to take part in the project, a farmer must plant at least 1 hectare of jatropha and by way of a demonstration C3 planted 1,500 plants in several areas of the district.

C3 will provide farmers with the complete package, including training, and will buy the entire harvest.

Jatropha is one of the best plants for making biodiesel as it does not need much water and can be planted in poor soils.

The plant contains an oil which can be mixed with conventional gasoline or diesel as an ecological alternative to entirely fossil-based fuels.

In its pure form the oil can be used for cooking, lighting or generating power, and the waste leftover after the oil has been extracted – known as bagasse – can be used as fertilizer. (macauhub)