Indian biofuel village scheme rolled out in 70 villages and ready for scale up

In India, 70 villages in Karnataka have implemented the “Hassan Biofuel Model” of growing non-edible oil trees for biofuel production. The oil is pressed either by a state-owned press or by the farmers themselves and then used to power irrigation pumps, for use in their tractors, or sold for soap making and other products. The model promoted by the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru has received recognition and support from the World Agroforestry Center will intentions to transfer the model to other communities in Maharashtra, Punjab and Uttarakhand but also some African countries as well.

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