Growing Nuts for Biodiesel, Update on Jatropha Curcas



Nuts from Jatropha Curcas contain an oil being used for biodiesel.

All around the world, countries and companies are investing big dollars in Jatropha Curcas as a source for biodiesel.


Jatropha Curas


Update on Jatropha Curcas: the world’s interest in using this plant to produce biodiesel!

  1. United States: California: Allegro Biodiesel has commenced processing of jadtropha oil into biodiesel on a test basis.
  2. England, De-Ord Fuel opened a new 100,000 GPY biodiesel facility in Mansfield that will use jatropha and waste vegetable oil as feedstocks. The company will distribute fuel to bus and truck fleets. The $550,000 project is one of the first of a wave of micro-facilities that will utilize sustainable feedstocks in Europe.
  3. China’s largest state oil company, Sinopec, said it will invest $5 billion in Jatropha and plantations in Indonesia. The Chinese and Italian governments have initiated a feasibility study for Jatropha biodiesel at Sichuan Universtiy. The project received $650,000 in support from Italy. The project is the third signed by Italy and China, promising cooperation in biofuels research since mid-April. The others covered industrial waste oil-based biodiesel in Hubei Province, and thin-film solar cells in Shanghai.
  4. Integrated Biodiesel Industries said that it has acquired a 10 percent stake in Ireland’s South Cone Agriculture, a developer of Jatropha plantations. South Cone said that it would use the funds from the investment to develop plantations in Angola, Brazil and Argentina, and will initialize harvesting later this year in its first plantations. IBI, which will have a total production capacity of 135,000 tonnes by the end of 2008 from its plants in Argentina, said that it sought to develop alternative feedstocks to soy oil.
  5. In Myanmar, “Biofuel by Decree: Unmasking Burma’s bio-energy fiasco,” was released by the Ethnic Community Development Forum detailing the use of forced labor and land confiscation to plant 8 million acres with jatropha to provide a solution to Myanmar’s fuel crisis. The report, based on government documents, media reports, and 131 interviews conducted in Myanmar between November 2006 and April 2008. The report said that individuals “have been fined, beaten, and arrested for not participating.” The plan has been plagued with mismanagement by the army soldiers supervising the work. “The soldiers carry guns. They don’t know anything about agriculture,” said a farmer in the report. The first national Jatropha crops were ready for harvest this month, with up to 7 million acres planted by small farmers, after a national directive in 2006 that all farmers with more than 1 acre of land had to plant a minimum of 200 Jatropha seeds to establish a hedge around their landholdings. The ruling junta developed the plan in light of soaring oil import costs, and the biggest anti-junta protests since the 1980s which erupted last year over cuts in diesel subsidies.
  6. In the United Arab Emirates, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi announced an $15 billion investment project in renewables, managed by Masdar. Masdar’s major initiative in bio-fuels is focused on Jatropha and other arid climate crops.
  7. Archer Daniels Midland Company, Bayer Crop Science and Damiler to cooperate in Jatropha biodiesel project.
  8. In Zambia, the Omnia group will invest $3 million in jatropha research, saying that the imperative to develop alternative fuels is stronger in landlocked Zambia than neighboring South Africa, and said that the company hopes to understand as much as possible about RH nutrients required by Jatropha so that it can develop and sell better fertilizers if cultivation of jatropha continues to increase in Southern Africa.
  9. China Agro-Technology announced that it has secured $300 million in financing for biodiesel acquisitions and operations. The company is focused on building capacity to process jatropha oil to supply the growing demand for lower-cost biodiesel.
  10. Check out this site, Really great information on Jatropha, palm oil and other oils being used for biodiesel.: SeaQuest® News.
  11. Also for a complete scientific analysis of Jatropha Curcas, check out this site: Jatropha Curcas.


Some negative statements have been made about Jatropha Curcas being used as biodiesel or in biodiesel blends. Well, it seems from the above information, a lot of countries and companies have other thoughts. 7 million acres of Jatropha plantings is making a statement that Myanmar is serious about processing biodiesel from Jatropha. Unfortunately, there is only a certain amount of land where Jatropha can be grown in the U.S., Florida, maybe Texas and California. Freezing temperatures will kill the plant.

Check out Freeze Zones in the U.S. shows where Jatropha can be grown. Just a few areas in the 35-45°F temperature zones. If a freeze hardy version of Jatropha could be developed, then Jatropha might be grown in other areas in the U.S. Currently, farmers in Florida have started growing Jatropha plants. Farmers in Texas and Hawaii are looking at growing Jatropha.

Want to buy Jatropha seeds? Purchases can be made on Ebay.

Simply amazing, companies in the U.S. and all over the world are making strides in reducing oil use by growing and working with Jatropha plants. There are really committed people who want to make a difference and also want to make a buck. Can’t blame them. But where oh where is Our Do Nothing Congress?

The best Americans got from our do nothing Congress last week: Senator John Warner gave the speech about lowering the Speed Limit to 55 mph. Warner was co-sponsor with Senator John Liberman for the “Cap and Trade Bill” that was stopped from passage. This bill would have been a massive tax increase on U.S. citizens. Check out the CG earlier post: Cap and Trade Bill, Just Another Tax.

Biodiesel from nuts, a natural product being used to break the oil chain addiction.



Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

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57 Responses to Growing Nuts for Biodiesel, Update on Jatropha Curcas

  1. Lawrence Neal August 9, 2008 at 3:38 am #

    Check out Valcent Verti Grow production of algae for fuel purposes. Using vertical racks instead of ponds, a closed system to minimize water evaporation, they can produce 4,000 barrels of oil per acre per year at a cost of $20 a barrel.


  2. August 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    @Lawrence: Thanks fot the comments.

  3. OCTAVIO TORRES August 22, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    In Colombia South America there are very much lands suitable for Jatropha crops. We have a pilot crop and we are promoting such crops to potential investors
    Ouer country needs investors for crops
    If you need information please contact

  4. August 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm #

    @Octavio Torres: Thank you for your comments.

  5. sandeep August 30, 2008 at 1:09 am #

    we have 70,800 hectares of land for sale in brazil. we can give all documents regarding the land. some part of land has been already sold and cultivation has begun. we invite big oil companies and govt. organization to start discussing about this project. we have documents from govt. of brazil. we have 20 page document with us explaining everything and permission from brazilain govt. pls do contact me :

    20.000.000 SQUARE METER FARMS as mother farms , nursery for jounge plants ,laborator to do all necessary probe ,reception house to receive clients, investors, and friends .
    INVESTOR ARE WELCOME ; over the mother farm we have 70.000 ectares more to prepare and to care as jathropa curcas plantations and we sale the plot of land at investors and we take care for all other .

    70,000 hectares of jatropha land for sale

  6. Dr Tee Thean Soo (Bobby Tee) August 31, 2008 at 11:53 am #

    Dear Sirs,

    I have developed an elite cultivar that produces fruits 4 months from planting. I managed a 20 ha farm in Malaysia and have produced Crude jatropha oil. jatropha biodiesel and glycerine. I can send pictures of my farm. Check my credential at google – Tee Thean Soo. I would appreciate contacts to share experience

  7. OCTAVIO TORRES September 1, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    Dr Tee salutes from Colombia South America where we are testing several Jatropha seeds.
    Can you send to us small amounts of your elite seeds for add to our test?
    Inform to us at
    Thanks and regards
    OCTAVIO TORES Agronomist

  8. September 15, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    @ Sanddeep: Thanks for your comments

  9. September 15, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    @ Dr.Tee Thean Soo: Thanks for your comments.

  10. yeechienfoh September 21, 2008 at 1:47 am #

    Dear Dr.Tee Then Soo,
    how many jatroha curcas trees at 1 ha farm?how many matric ton can get in 1 ha farm in a month and how much money for 1 matric ton?

  11. Doug October 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    I have a 3 acre jatropha property for sale in northern Haiti. The property contains jatropha plants and a new well with gas pump. Serious inquiries at

  12. Raghavan November 8, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    If the Jatropha has so much comments of its being an alternate fuel, why has no retail sale of such bio-diesel has taken shape so far. Some oil company should have installed dispensing system to market at least on some sample basis to prove that bio-diesel made out of Jatropha is viable and workable. Why has this not taken shape so far. Can anyone throw some light on this?

  13. mohmed abdoun November 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    have grown 50 trees of jatropha from seeds last jan about 40 trees from seeds they strart giving fruits after 8 monthes so i imported 50 kg seeds from india i planted 50 hectars now the plants are about 1.5 meters high they are haveing flowers now . i need partners to invest vin developing 250000 hectars i have the land and enough watersupply call me or send email if you are interested

  14. Thomas Townsend December 21, 2008 at 12:17 am #

    It is my beleif that the inability for the United states to produce Jatropha is the cause for the proposed Amero, providing us access to
    Mexican soil and a partnership in the production of bio-diesel fuels produced from the fertile soils in Mexico. also, our recent commitment to India, providing them with Nuclear Technology, partners us with them for even more access to this viable new fuel.

  15. December 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    @ThomasTowsend: Thanks for your comments on Jatropha. Jatropha is being heavily researched by the University of Florida to determine best plants and optimum growing conditions in Florida. Based on information I have been following, the project looks promising.

    Also, UC Davis in California has started a research program for growing Jatropha in southern California. A Chemically Green post will be published shortly about this project.

  16. Thomas Townsend December 21, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    I understand that we are able in FL, Southern CA, and parts of Texas, capable of growing Jatrpha. Jatropha however, is extremely reliant upon a frost free environment, making it incapable of being grown anywhere else in the United States aside from possibly New Mexico or New Orleans with very little available land for procurement. This is the main premise for my statement above, I understand we have made a great deal of headway at The University of Florida, though also that climatic conditions hinder the growth of Jatropha in the majority of North America, that is , The U.S. and Canada.

  17. January 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    @Thomas Townsend: Thanks again for your comments. Yes, you are right on. But time will tell to how well Jatropha will be grown and harvested in the U.S. I have a post on UC Davis working with Chevron to grow Jatropha in California. Biggest problem, cost of harvesting the nuts due to high labor costs. Hope these problems can be worked out.

  18. Koma D. BEN-BALA January 23, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Hi dear Alll:
    I just would ask to anyone reading this word to kindly let me know firms willing to sponsor cropping Jatropha Curcal worldwide. I am living in Bangui, Central African Republic

  19. January 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    @Koma D. BEN-BALA: Thank you for your comments and contacting Chemically Green.

    Please check out the enclosed link and their is a Contact tab at the top of site. You should be able to find some information on your Jatropha needs from these folks. Please contact Chemically Green if this is not satisfactory and we will try another contact for you. Good luck.

  20. January 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    @Koma D. BEN-BALA: Another link for you to check out. The link has the same address, but when you click on this link, there is different information.

  21. brian dorey February 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    i am interested in growing jatropha for fuel. i’m in so. fla. usa. and would like to find a processing plant somewhat close by to get under the 24 hr. limit for seed processing. please advise asap

  22. February 25, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    @briandorey: Thanks for contacting Chemically Green for information on Jatropha. You have been contacted by email for specific information to answer your request.

  23. Raghavan February 25, 2009 at 11:01 am #


    are you wanting me to answer any question on Jatropha? Please let me know.


  24. Clint cheek May 12, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    I grew 400 plants last year and have a few started this year as well. Located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Most of Texas is suitable for JC as the temps rarely dip below 40. I’ll be planting approximately 10 acres in Hawkins, Texas this year.

    Follow my progress at

    There are even a few tips and helpful hints within my blog on jatropha curcas.

  25. robert nicolai May 15, 2009 at 2:56 am #

    I am a 31 year old south african biodiesel and jatropha enthusiast, i know that south africa has africas best corporate ownership law, best national infrastructure and chemical industry combined with the best suited agricultural conditions to establish a jatropha plantation and bio diesel production facility, we also have a great helping of unused farmland and available agri labor available, i know where in south africa to get jatropha curcas seedlings for $1.5 a seedling and offer my knowledge to establish a plantation and fuel facility in south africa for you or a group of foreign investors. i can safely assure you that your ownership in this south african business will be safe in your name and very similarly enforceable as USA and european company law, please email me on and whatever you ask i will answer the same day i get the email.

    robert nicolai

  26. June 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    @Domestic Solar Power: Thanks for your comments. A lot of countries are buying up land in 3rd world countries in efforts to grow large tracts of Jatropha. However, a lot of Jatropha plantations have not been very successful in growing Jatropha. They jumped into the growing part before becoming aware of the pitfalls of growing Jatropha because land preparation and water availability is more critical than previous information stated.

    However, slowly but surely, when grown under the right conditions, Jatropha is yielding improved results. In the future, Jatropha will have a place in the biodiesel market.

  27. Green Energy July 28, 2009 at 4:28 am #

    If any Bioenergy companies want investment or joint-venture in Myanmar for jatropha or bioenergy purposes, there is this comapny called Zenith General Services Co., Ltd. Currently have Jatropha plantations, but want to expand and even looking forward to have Biodiesel factories in Myanmar.They can accquire land, workers and permits from the government. Contact

  28. kobi August 18, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    i live in ghana, west africa and have at least 20 hectares of farmland i want to dedicate to jatropha cultivation. is this enough land for me to turn a profit? can anyone advise me on any foreign organisations that may be interested in giving grants for something like this?

  29. August 27, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    @kobi: Thanks for your comments. Please contact:

    Kobi, 20 hectares of land for Jatropha may not be large enough to be worth while.

  30. vardendra. kulkarni September 9, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    its really a very nice opportunity for india to be self dependent in tems of oil and many entreprenuers can benifit from this niche opportunity.

  31. September 10, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    @vardendra.kulkarni: Thanks for your comments. I agree with you 100%.

  32. minukgurung September 12, 2009 at 5:17 am #

    hi, how to contact dr bobby tee? i also want to buy high yieldind jatropha seed (bobby tee(plz could you give me information? minu from japan

  33. September 15, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    minukgurung:Thanks for the comments and questions. I will have to find Dr. Bobby Tee’s email address and forward to you.

    If you are serious about buying top quality Jatropha Seeds, please check out this link.

    This Jatropha plantation is advertising high quality, high yield Jartopha seeds for sale.

    Trust this information will be of service for you.

  34. sidney sichizuwe November 4, 2009 at 4:25 am #

    am an extension worker based in southern province whose keen to hear jatropha issues especially that sois in the southern part of zambia are almost useless

  35. November 4, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    @sidney sichizuwe: Thank you for your comments. Chemically Green would like for you to send more information on the land conditions in southern zambia and its poor conditions for growing Jatropha.

  36. sunilpol November 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    sear sir iam having the land of 20 hectares and i want to make jatropha plantation can you help me
    regard s

  37. kopi February 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I am also from Msia and interested in Jatropha. Are the following being answered?

    how many jatroha curcas trees at 1 ha farm?how many matric ton can get in 1 ha farm in a month and how much money for 1 matric ton?

  38. February 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    @kopi: Thanks for your comment. To properly grow Jatropha u need a minimum of 10 hectares of land. Even 10 hectares is considered small and it is difficult to make a profit on small land plots. You would be better off to save your money.

  39. jeff hodges February 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    i would like to talk with someone about the economics of growing jatropha, in s.a.thanks jeff. my contact info

  40. February 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    @jeff hodges: Thank u for your questions and inquiry.
    Jeff, what do u know about growing Jatropha? Also, if u are planning on growing on a small amount of hectares, u will not get a very good return on your investment. Jatropha requires better soil, irrigation, water and a lot of maintenance than previously thought. Also, have to have special equipment to harvest the nuts. Think about what u can or want to do and I will help u out or get in contact with people who can.

  41. Mike Lindburg March 2, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Does anyone have an update on the progress toward effective mechanical harvesting? I am interested in the potential for Jatropha, but the labor to harvest is impractical on a large scale.

  42. Greorge March 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    I have 100 acres of land to grow Jatropha in Bahia (Brasil), need to know how I can and who I can sell to.

  43. Momo Siafa Kpoto March 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I live in Liberia, West Africa. I want grow Jathropa but do not have know how. Can you please teach me from start?

    Where do I get the best seeding from?


  44. John Eric April 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    I own a 2000 acre farm in beautiful Costa Rica. I am seeking a proven expert in Jatropha farming to come work with us. Contact me at

    Must speak English and Spanish would be great.

    All the Best

  45. May 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    @Momo Siafa Kpoto: Thank for the contact and comments. I would recommend u click on this link for information u are requesting:

  46. May 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    @John Eric: Thank u for your contact and comments. I would suggest u click on the enclosed link for information u requested:

  47. May 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    @Mike Lindburg: Thank u for your contact and comments. I suggest u try this link and there are people who might be able to help u.

  48. May 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    @jeff hodges: Thank u for your contact and comments. Please check out this link, this might be of help:

  49. May 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    @Greorge: Thank you for your contact and comments. I recommend u explore the following link for the information u are seeking:

  50. Yvonne June 14, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    W are just starting out and I would appreciate advice about planting seeds. Is it a good idea to plant staight into tree bags or would plant trays be better? We are in South Africa, with a good climate fortunately. Many thanks, Yvonne :o)

  51. July 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    @Yvonnw: Thank u for your comments and questions. How many hectares are u planning on planting? Also, what about quality of soil and irrigation possibilities?? Very important for starting Jatropha Curcas. Contact me back about the above and I will recommend how u should start the seeds.

  52. Lucy Hawkins August 13, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Another great article. Keep up the good work 🙂

  53. August 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    @Lucy Hawkins: Thank u for your comments.

  54. lito fille September 29, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    i fully support jatropha plantation here in the philippines

  55. RODNEY March 8, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    I am a grade 8 student and I paln to present a working model for the next sci. exhibition on jatropha oil towards biodiesal prod. I plan to come up with a power point presentation, a working (or non working ) bio diesel plant model, some good backdrop etc. Any inputs will b appreciated.

    Or will it be better to do a study with comparing different oils and their efficiency as future biodiesel. pls. suggest.


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