Free Webcast “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha” Attempts to Separate the Fact from the Fiction. Tune in on January 8 as Two Experts Address the Wild Claims that Continue to Undermine Jatropha’s Reputation.

December 31, 2007 | Comments Off on Free Webcast “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha” Attempts to Separate the Fact from the Fiction. Tune in on January 8 as Two Experts Address the Wild Claims that Continue to Undermine Jatropha’s Reputation.

The webcast, “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha”, conducted by Dr. R Rajagopal and Dr. Sudheer Shetty, is being released in line with the JatrophaWorld 2008 conference which is to be held in Jakarta on 23 and 24 January 2008. The webcast endeavors to answer subscribers’ questions about the prevalent myths being perpetuated about eventgraphic200px.jpgthe Jatropha industry and markets. These include claims about the crop yields and germplasm. This webcast to be held on 8 January 2008, is being released by CMT and is available for free.

SINGAPORE, December 31, 2007 – The JatrophaWorld 2008 Conference (, to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 23-24 January 2008, is being organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT). In line with JatrophaWorld 2008’s commitment towards bringing the best expertise to discuss and analyze the Jatropha industry, and the overwhelming response to the position paper, “Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock. Jatropha: A Strategic Option”, CMT has decided to open the lines for dialogue with experts in the Jatropha industry through their free webcast, Debunking the Myths of Jatropha.

To be held on 8 January 2008 at 1.00pm GMT, the webcast is aimed at examining the myths and claims that surround Jatropha, as well as the long term outlook and issues that undermine the future viability of Jatropha. The issues raised will be based on real concerns and questions directed towards the panel of experts by subscribers themselves, so that the investors’ problems are addressed directly.

Contemporary trends across the world indicate a pronounced shift towards Jatropha as a more viable and sustainable feedstock for Biodiesel compared to other food based crops, and while investment in the crop is increasing exponentially, there still remain many who inflate and perpetuate myths about the crop, and in turn undermine the promise of this crop by reducing its credibility in the eye of the investor.

At the webcast, subscribers will be able to hear from Dr. Sudheer Shetty, who is one of the experts speaking at JATROPHAWORLD 2008. Dr. Shetty is the Chairman and MD of Labland Biodiesel Company which is focused on Jatropha-based biodiesel activities. The company has been recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, for carrying out tissue culture work on Jatropha.

The webcast will be moderated by Dr. R. Rajagopal author of the position paper “Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock. Jatropha: A Strategic Option”. Dr. Raj will also welcome feedback and questions about his position paper at the webcast.

Those interested in Jatropha and biofuels are encouraged to register for the Free webcast “Debunking the Myths of Jatropha” at
The answers that the Webcast endeavors to answer and other questions will be expanded on at JatrophaWorld 2008.

The JatrophaWorld 2008 organizer, Centre for Management Technology (CMT), has brought together the best expertise and brightest brains to discuss and analyze the present and future dynamics of Jatropha. The companies represented include Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Singapore’s Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Malaysia’s Asiatic Centre for Genomic Technologies Sdn. Bhd., the Indonesian Center for Estate Crops Research & Development (ICERD) as well as India’s Naturol Bioenergy Limited and Labland Biodiesel Private Limited.

Delegates will be able to expand their knowledge about Jatropha and alternative energy and also network with the “me de la” me of the Jatropha industry.

JatrophaWorld 2008 is going to be the most important conference of 2008 for those who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the agriculture, processing, socio-economics and financing of Jatropha as an alternative energy source. Those wanting more information or who are vitally interested in Jatropha as a feedstock for Biodiesel and alternative energy must visit While there, they can register for this essential conference.

About Centre for Management Technology
CMT is dedicated to the provision of the latest global technology and business information in the chemical industry through high profile conferences focusing on renewable, liquid energy sources. CMT has organized industry specific conferences on Liquid Natural Gas, and LPG, ground breaking summit on technologies like Coal to Liquids, Gas to Liquids, and Bio-mass to Liquid, and alternative energy or future fuels forums like Biodiesel, Biofuels and Ethanol. This has established CMT as the market leader in promoting this nascent industry as an alternative global powerhouse.

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Is Jatropha the Win-Win Solution to Water Shortages Arising from India and China’s Biofuels Ambitions?

December 5, 2007 | 2 Comments

The ambitions of India and China to ramp up their biofuel production could cause shortages of water, which is needed for crops to feed their growing populations, adding more fuel to the “food versus fuels” debate. With both countries expected to make up more than 70% of the world’s fuel demand, they are now turning to the more sustainable alternative of biofuels. In this food versus fuels debate, Jatropha stands out as the win-win crop for biodiesel.

jatrophaIndia and China’s plans encompass more traditional options like sugar cane and maize, according to a report published by the International Water Management Institute or IWMI. The report decries the plan due to the problem of water. As both sugar cane and maize require plenty of water, biofuel crop production will very likely jeopardize sustainable water use, and affect the irrigated production of important food crops, including cereals and vegetables, which would then leave the country dependent on foreign imports to meet the demand for food.

The IWMI study and many others like it have been echoing a steady and increasingly loud warning about how the growing demand of biofuels could shortchange less economically developed countries that depend on staples like maize to feed its populations. In addition to this, setting aside more land for biofuels could increase the prices of everything from eggs to beef, or anything that relies on maize feed, which will have become more expensive.

In the mean time, both India and China have been making aggressive plans to increase biofuels productions fourfold by 2020.

Jatropha is starting to get recognition as a viable biodiesel crop, and both India and China are incorporating Jatropha into their biofuel plans. India has announced plans to plant about 7.7 million acres of Jatropha plantations by 2009, and have identified another 98.8 million acres of wasteland by then to grow the plant. In the mean time, China claims to have 2 million hectares of jatropha under cultivation, and has announced plans to plant an additional 11 million hectares across its southern states by 2010!

As both China and India get heavily involved in Fuel crops cultivation, the pressure on water resources, which are already over-exploited, will increase further. It therefore remains crucial for them to continue with their decision to plant Jatropha, which can grow well on rain-fed dry land, and will need a lot less water through irrigation.

This strategy will go a long way towards reducing competition for scarce water between the food and fuel uses of arable lad. Most importantly, good plantation management will ensure that valuable water resources are not misused or wasted in the planting of Jatropha.

In the face of these developments, there is a critical need for forums and summits to promote an exchange of ideas over Jatropha, as investment into the plant is expanding rapidly. At JATROPHAWORLD 2008, our panel of experts will deliver their analysis of plantation management and the best farming practices, including water management.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of this authoritative summit on Jatropha. Register for JATROPHAWORLD 2008 today!