Ethiopia Continues Jatropha Biodiesel Production

The jatropha plant is used to make biodiesel.

Ethiopia is producing biodiesel from jatropha plant with 56 million birr said Water, Irrigation and Energy Ministry.

According to Public Relations Director with the ministry, Bizuneh Tolcha , the production of biodiesel from jatropha is helping the country save foreign currency.

With a five year Jatropha Biodiesel Project, starting from the past Ethiopian budget year the country plans to produce 500 million liters of bio fuel, said Bizuneh.

The project is being implemented in the states Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP, Afar and Tigray in 18 Districts with the money from Ethiopian and Norwegian governments.

The Jatropha biodiesel project is benefiting over 14 million farmers and pastoralists.

Source: ENA (Amharic)

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