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Farmers in Mali benefited from Jatropha Curcas Planting

Jatropha Curcas Planting

Suleiman Diarra Banani is now growing Jatropha Curcas on his family farm in Koulikoro, Mali


Farmers in Koulikoro, Mali could double their income by involves in Jatropha Curcas planting scheme.  A plant called Jatropha Curcas is being hailed by scientists and policy makers as a potentially ideal source of biofuel.  By planting a row of Jatropha Curcas for every seven rows of regular crops, the farmers could double his income on the field in the first year and lose none of their usual yield from his field.


Jatropha Curcas PlantingOne the farmers participated in this scheme is Suleiman Diarra Banani.  His relative said that the poisonous black seeds dropping from the seemingly worthless weed that had grown around his family farm for decades now could be used to run a generator, or even a car.  Until now Jatropha Curcas plant used as a natural fence between rows of their regular crops — edible millet, peanuts, corn and beans.


Countries like India, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia are starting huge plantations, betting that Jatropha will help them to become more energy independent and even export biofuel.


                   Jatropha Curcas Planting     Jatropha Curcas Planting


But here in Mali, one of the poorest nations on earth, a number of small-scale projects aimed at solving local problems — the lack of electricity and rural poverty.





Spent most of the life in engineering and project management. Now having the opportunity to see the world beyond my usual nest. Travel extensively to Third World Countries. Aaahh... now everything is possible

4 thoughts on “Farmers in Mali benefited from Jatropha Curcas Planting

  1. Uncle Awang.

    Thanks for your compliments. My special and warm (hot, he he he..) greetings from Mali. I always look up at your works. Will always.


  2. Pak Fathersez, bonjour.

    Yes indeed very interesting, they only used small machine for refinery. Hope you will arrive soon then we can visit it together in Koulikoro

    Merci beacoup.

  3. This is interesting, MM.

    What about the processing? Maybe you can check and tell us how the farmers process the seed to produce the biofuel.

    Is it also small scale or taken to bigger refineries like the FELDA model.

    Merci, Pak

  4. Hi mamadou,
    I view yr photo wow..very interesting .The skyscape ,beautifull shot indeed.Will follow up yr blog from time to time ..have a nice day.

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