Remote site evaluation tool

SUPPORTING NEW GENERATION BIOFUEL
  • Jatropower offers its clients a proprietary Google Earth based tool to make a preliminary remote assessment of the suitability of a site for Jatropha cultivation.
  • The Tool requires only the geo-coordinates of the proposed site and uses criteria such as annual rainfall, its seasonality and temperature range experienced.
  • The tool uses 5 criteria in total to classify the suitability of a site into:
    • Poor (Dark brown coloured area)
    • Fair (yellow)
    • Good (light green)
    • Optimal (green)
  • The tool helps potential jatropha planters to have a pre-assessment of suitability of their proposed sites
  • The picture on the left shows the suitability of areas in Africa for Jatropha based on annual rainfall only.

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As the fruits mature at different times, farmers normally wait until fruits are dry before plucking. Plucking the fruits while yellow, peeling out the seed and drying them is advisable to get good seed and oil quality.