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Jatrophaworld 2011: Pongamia Pinnata: The Prospects For Profitable Sustainability


Source: Advanced Biofuel Center

JatrophaWorld India 2011 to highlight nonfood biodiesel opportunities

May 1, 2011, Jaipur(India) -- Development of pongamia as a biofuel crop has largely been underway in India, at CJP where scientists have been assessing new crops to support sustainable rural development. There is significant interest in developing pongamia as a new source of biofuel. Its reputation in India as a sustainable rural fuel source, combined with its ability to establish on low fertility soils Cultivars are being selected that will yield seeds with up to 40% oil. The plant has attracted research interest due to its reputation as a drought tolerant crop and its traditional use as a source of oil for lamp fuel Pongamia has a long history of use by people. Research and field trials to assess the species’ capacity to produce biofuel have been underway at Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP). After having a number of successful field trials CJP has honor to establish Pongamia Pinnata- an untapped resource as alternative source for Bio- Diesel industry of future and has already released Pongamia Pinnata crop cultivation technology (DICT)

Pongamia (Millettia pinnata) is a tree with a broad distribution from India, through central and south-eastern Asia, Indonesia and into northern Australia. The seeds of pongamia are rich in oil, which shall be a new source of ‘biofuel’. Preferred habitats include coastal and riverine habitats, primarily in humid tropical and subtropical areas (500–2500 mm rainfall per annum). Pongamia tolerates a wide range of soils, including saline soils. Most of the tree is used either in indigenous medicine or for other purposes. The seed’s oil is red-brown, bitter and thick. Its bitterness is due to flavonoids. In the past, the oil has been used for making soap, lamp oil and lubricants. The leaves are known to have antiseptic properties and the press cake leftover from oil extraction is used as a liniment. The roots are used to treat abscesses and as fish poison. The wood is not durable but is used for cabinet and tool-making. It is also an important source of firewood in arid areas .In India, pongamia is used in land reclamation and as a soil stabilizer.


There are many nonfood oil crop under field trials and experiments and after several years of research, CJP has got an improved highly yielding and early maturing variety of the Pongamia Pinnata and developed enhanced crop cultivation technology with more yield and more oil .Now we can ensure an oil yield of 330 gallon in 4th year, 1000 gallon in 7th year and 2000 gallon in 10th year from 1 ha plantation of this amazing crop and that too after leaving 70% land for other crops. Pongamia Pinnata will yield at Maturity as high as 1000 gallon oil per ha which shall reached as high as 3400 gallon in 15th year and shall be on higher side year by year up to>60 years with minimum crop care cost. This is truly an exceptional amount of oil from an agricultural crop.

The Pongamia Pinnata tree must be regarded as a sure source of 2nd Generation Biodiesel and the foundation around which a profitable Business plan can be built for its ability to provide large amount of oil and its pure hardiness and stress handling ability.

 The Pongamia Pinnata is tree that has enough credentials: a higher recovery and quality of oil than other crops, no direct competition with food crops as it is a non-edible source of fuel, and no direct competition with existing farmland as it can be grown on degraded and marginal land. As a legume it is also able to fix its own nitrogen from the soil, minimizing the need for added fertilizers. Emergence of the new crop system may change the entire scenario of the biodiesel industry and shall provide much relief to the industry which desperately in a need of a viable sustainable non-food feed stocks.

Estimates of yields, prices and cost vary greatly, making it difficult for potential growers to make informed investment decision about growing the Couple oil crop (. The lack o f agronomic data about the couple oil crop (COC) growing makes it impossible to make investment decision on COC growing with the confidence and certainty associated with a decision to grow and establish a successful plantation. CJP identifies the Key elements in growing COC and their effects examined. And provide accurate information about the crop for potential COC investors and growers after performing feasibility study. While agronomic work is an important first step in the development of any new crop, for new oilseeds to reach commercialization, several other factors need to be addressed. there is definitely an education curve for producers to be able to understand how it fits into their rotation

CJP’S Next 4th 5-day Global Jatropha Hi-tech Integrated Nonfood Biodiesel Farming & Technology Training Programme in India from September 14-18, 2011 is all set to introduce you the real world of JATROPHA CURCAS” where the attendees shall also have the opportunity to interact Pongamia Pinnata: offers a possible solution for sustainable biofuel production:  crops science, agronomy and its cultivation technology etc. as have also been included in the course. To find out more about JATROPHAWORLD 2011 please visit

To create, build and succeed in the growing world of biodiesel you need complete and comprehensive knowledge of Plant science and Plant technology and just registering yourself for the mega happenings in the Jatropha world, you can ensure the same as this is the only platform to understand & learn, to plan and execute, the best expertise to discuss and analyze the present and future dynamics of Jatropha, other nonfood oil crops”

JATROPHAWORLD 2011 is unique because of the capability to deliver an integrated 'One Stop Solution' for Agri-Fuel-business operations to the agricultural and energy sector worldwide.

Registration is open. Secure your seat today.

For more information regarding registration, package cost, etc., kindly contact:

Director (Training)

Centre for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel

TELE- (+91) 1562 255575, +91 141 2335839

FAX: (+91) 141 2335968,  MOBILE- (+91) 982943333,

Customer comments

  1. By Anna Sternfeldt on

    I absolutely agree on the advantages of pongamia pinnata which I consider in huge favour as a biodiesel source compared with Jatropha, which I more see as a good local source for local usage. Kindly Anna

  2. By Anna Sternfeldt on

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