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Jatropha curcas is a perennial, small tree growing to a height of about 3-5 meters. It grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions of any type of soil from poorest, stony to saline soils. It can survive in low rainfall conditions (200 mm) and in hot climatic conditions. It lives for 40-50 years. Jatropha can be cultivated as a commercial crop due to its diverse uses. For commercial cultivation, a little bit of care, some nutrition and moderately low watering could do wonders to a cultivator with significantly low investments.

Uses

  1. The seeds yield up to 35-45% oil which is non-edible



  2. The oil is a commercially viable alternative to diesel oil because it burns without emitting any smoke and has a very good burning quality



  3. Engines do not need any modification for using this oil 



  4. Oil cake is a good biofertilizer 



  5. Glycerin obtained during the refining of oil can be used in pharmaceuticals and for various other purposes 



  6. Oil is also used in soap industry 



  7. Latex, oil cake, leaves, and oil are known to possess antimicrobial properties and are used as pest protectants




 
 
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