VEPOWER to break ground on bio-energy nursery

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Source: Clean Development Projects Limited

VEPOWER Limited is to break ground on their new nursery in Southern Europe. The nursery will bring on Jatropha curcas saplings to be dispatched to plantations around the World.  The plants will be grown from seed of known provenance and cultivated for resilience and hardiness.  The nursery will work on organic principles to aid conscientious growers in their sustainability endeavours.

VEPOWER Limited is partnering with Private Energy Development & Management Ltd. to establish a nursery for the growing of Jatropha curcas saplings.  The goal is to aid plantation owners in developing their plots without the issues surrounding the nursery phase.  The young plants will be cultivated to express the plants’ natural resilience and hardiness while being protected from hazards that can impact development of the young trees.

VEPOWER will hit all the sustainability markers by using natural fertilisers and pesticides, reducing irrigation to natural rainfall (with top-ups if drought occurs) and planting on land not previously used for food production.  The sapling trees will be cultivated until 90 days old when they will be available for shipping to VEPOWER’s international clients.

Jatropha curcas has been both buoyed up by promoters claiming the plant to be a wonder crop requiring no inputs and devalued by dissenters who point to the failure of plantations to deliver on promises and the way these miss-managed plantations swallow resources.  The real case sits somewhere in between these opinions: well managed Jatropha plantations require little irrigation, pesticide or synthetic fertiliser.  The plants are capable of absorbing the little mineral nutrients they require with little precipitation given well prepared soil and some old fashioned husbandry methods.

VEPOWER expects to be shipping their first ‘crop’ at the latter end of September 2010 and are taking orders and bookings now.  Visit the website at www.vepower.com/seedlings.html to contact the Company.

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