Does Jatropha have the highest water footprint among Bioenergy crops offered to the biofuel industry? According to Jatro-Entrepreneur Ruud Van Eck, the answer is "NO". He explained his views on the water footprint controversy in an exclusive interview with the 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa team. A recording of the interview in which he also shared more information on his Jatropha cultivation project for jatropha oil in Tanzania, is now available for free download. Visit 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa with conference agenda on jatropha cultivation and jatropha oil for biofuel
Singapore (PRWEB) August 10, 2009 -- In an interview conducted by the 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa team, Mr. Ruud Van Eck, CEO and Founder of Diligent Energy Systems BV opened up and shared some views on the status of Jatropha cultivation today, running a profitable Jatropha business in Tanzania, and adopting sustainable agricultural practices.
Mr. Van Eck shared a positive outlook for Jatropha as a biofuel feedstock, while pinpointing key challenges that Jatro-Entrepreneurs like himself will face in the next five years. They include "Difficulty in Obtaining Jatropha Project Financing", "Offering Proof of Sustainability" and "The Land Ownership Dispute".
He also provided his view on the controversial report by the University of Twente, which claims that Jatropha has the highest water footprint among all the BioEnergy crops. According to Mr. Van Eck, who verified the report with the professor in-charge directly, the sample size used in the study was small, and focused on projects located in high rainfall areas in Asia. Jatropha growing in low rainfall areas like Tan
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