EU to Build Jatropha Processing Plant in Ghana

GHANA – A €2 million jatropha project to produce biodiesel at Walewale in the northern part of Ghana has been launched by the European Union.

The five-year project is to use unfertile lands to cultivate Jatropha plants and process the seeds into crude oil and its by-products.

Professor Giuseppe Enne, Project Coordinator of the Ghana Jatropha Project and the Nuclea Ricerca Desertification of Sassari University of Italy, announced that an appropriate and cost-effective expeller for Jatropha oil extraction would be constructed., according top eh website Desertification.

The project aims also to improve Ghana’s sustainable renewable energy, to create income-generating activities and to mitigate land degradation effects in rural a reas in the country.

Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Technology Consultancy Centre of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and New Energy, a non-governmental organization, are all taking part in the project.

The project will concentrate on the primary and secondary products of Jatropha and establish community-based organisations to reduce poverty.