Friday, June 26, 2009
Project Jatropha announces the creation of Project Teak
The Project Jatropha team would like to introduce a new sister project, Project Teak, which will work in conjunction with Project Jatropha to help alleviate rural poverty in Southern India. Teak trees, which are tropical hardwood trees, are famous and valued for their weather resistance, and are subsequently used in outdoor furniture. In India, teak wood is used in door and window frames, the aforementioned furniture, and columns and beams, due to its durability. The trees take 20-25 years to fully mature, but are then worth large amounts of money.In addition to teak trees, Project Teak is also distributing silver oak trees, which are also used in furniture. Much like teak trees, silver oaks take many years to mature, but are worth large amounts of money in the end.Project Teak works with Project Jatropha by providing a large future source of revenue for farmers compared to the (relative to Project Teak) more immediate and short term economic benefits of Jatropha curcas. Already, Project Jatropha has distributed 1000 teak seedlings and 1000 silver oak seedlings to the 5 farmers of Phase I and several farmers in Phase II as a goodwill gesture and as a way to encourage participation.