Researchers confirm jatropha potential in Ghana, Niger

February 10, 2011 |

In Norway, controlled experiments with irrigation and fertilisation of jatropha have been conducted at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), which is an institute in Niger under the auspices of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

In this project, studies and field trials were conducted with jatropha in Ghana and Niger, the pest risk factors that threaten jatropha crops, and studied how to cultivate the tree in order to minimise pest problems and prevent mass invasion. ““It’s true that jatropha does well in quite extreme conditions, but in order to yield plenty of fruit for producing oil, it needs sufficient water, fertiliser and care. A poorly tended plantation of jatropha is an easy target for destruction by a grasshopper swarm,” the team reports.

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