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Jatropha government and jatropha nation

Posted on: December 9, 2008

Burmese government has forced its people to grow jatropha plant in order to produce fuel oil while natural gas explored from Burma’s off shore is sold to neighbouring Thailand and China. The shortage of energy is terrible in Burma. Even in its largest city, like Yangon, the electricity supply is only 6 hours a day.  In the high rises, generators are ignited when people need to use lifts. That is Myanmar, former Burma.

Myanmar pushes jatropha cultivation for biofuel market

Main motivation is to reduce the millions of precious foreign exchange reserves Myanmar spends on fuel imports.-ST
Jessica Cheam

Tue, Dec 09, 2008
The Straits Times

MAW TIN (Myanmar): A green, leafy shrub has taken root in Myanmar, proving to be a keen rival to the country’s padi fields.

With a greyish-brown bark, large hairy leaves and poisonous fruit, the plant is far from a food crop yet it is cultivated throughout Myanmar, sometimes even in window boxes in flats.

Jatropha curcas, to give it its official name, has emerged as a wonder plant of sorts and tipped to be a key feedstock in the global biofuels industry. Myanmar – with the help of some Singapore firms – is betting big on it. Source

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