Dr. Sudheer A. Shetty was invited to...
Our First Customer, Mr. Sripad Naik, writes...

  Our First Customer, Mr. Arjun Sripad Naik, writes on these pages regularly about his experiences of cultivating Jatropha curcas.

25th May 2006

It was the fact that Jatropha curcas can thrive almost anywhere that attracted me to this hardy perennial. Blessed with a somewhat stony soil and limited water resources in my modest plot of land, I was looking for a crop that would not require frequent watering, that was not very labour intensive, that was not grazed upon by cattle, and that would improve the fertility of the soil, and also be economically viable. It was during the quest for this wonder plant that I stumbled across Labland Biotech and came to learn about Jatropha. The more I learnt, the more I was convinced that this was the solution that I had long been seeking.

Beginning with the signing of the buyback agreement with Labland and culminating with the planting of the first plant by Mr. Mark Quinn, Managing Director, D1 Oils Plc., every move reinforced the fact that I had taken a step in the right direction and made the right choice. Constant involvement and guidance by none other than the managing director of Labland Biotechs, Dr. Sudheer Shetty, pertaining to plot preparation, supply of quality planting material, irrigation needs, and detailed package of practice has ensured that the first Jatropha curcas plantation in Mysore has thrived and is aiding in creating more awareness about the sustainable benefits of this wonder plant that farmers have traditionally grown only as hedges. I guess with every raise in the rate of petroleum diesel and the ecological impact of fossil fuels on the environment, Jatropha-derived biodiesel will increasingly find its place in the sun. 

Watch this space to follow the growth of this wonder plant as a source of renewable energy and rural empowerment.


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