More on Jatropha

I’ve just stumbled on this website about Jatropha.  It talks about the way that using Jatropha as hedging material, it is possible to increase cultivatable land. I am not sure if that works if water is scarce…

2 Responses to More on Jatropha

  1. David B. Benson 5 February, 2009 at 1:13 am #

    Well, there has to be enough water for the intended crop. The idea is that Jatropha then protects the crop from pests. More and more tropical farmers are taking up doing this already, being able to sell the oil (or seeds) is just a cash bonus.

  2. Ab van Peer 15 February, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    You need about 600 mm water ayear to grow a decent Jatropha. Although the plant is poisenous to humans and cattle, it is eaten by many insects and it does not offer any proven protection against insects in other crops.

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