The Federal Government is developing a Jatropha value chain for renewable energy as part of efforts to diversify the nation’s economy.
The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, said that the Jatropha plant would serve as a viable green alternative to fossil fuels and provide an additional means of livelihood for local communities.
Mohammed said that Jatropha, as a renewable energy resource, would reduce desertification, alleviate poverty and fast-track sustainable development.
The minister, however, urged the private sector to get involved in government’s effort to diversify the nation’s economy
The Nigerian bio-fuel policy and incentives identified Jatropha in 2007 as the most preferred non-food plant for bio-fuel in Nigeria.