Maputo, Mozambique, 3 Feb – The Agro-negócio company, with headquarters in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, plans in the first half of this year to introduce a non-toxic variety of jatropha molissima to northern Mozambique, Mozambican newspaper O País reported.
The newspaper said that by the end of the year 3 million non-toxic jatropha saplings would be distributed to 10,000 rural workers.
For that purpose, 15 hectares of land are being prepared in Bilibiza, in the Quissanga district of Cabo Delgado province, in order to create hybrids of the toxic jatropha found in Mozambique and the non-toxic variety imported from the Philippines, as part of a partnership between Agro-negócio and Japanese company Nippon Biodiesel Fuel Co., Ltd.
Bachir Afonso, a representative of Agro-negócio, said that the aim of introducing non-toxic jatropha was not only to ensure biofuel production but also the use of spent jatropha to produce animal feed and oil for manufacturing soap on a large scale. (macauhub)