Monday, January 3, 2011

Exciting News Flash from The Farmers Corner: Successful test runs using Jatropha Biodiesel

In the first picture, Mr. Nanda, one of our farmer leaders of Rathnapuri colony, Hunsur Taluk is irrigating his pulse crop by using Jatropha biodiesel for his pump set.In the second picture he is using biodiesel to run his 5 HP diesel pump set to lift water to irrigate his field

Mr.Palani swamy of Coiamauthur colony is using Jatropha biodiesel to run his 5 HP diesel pump set to lift water to irrigate his Arecanut garden.

Dear Friends,
We start off 2011 with a great news flash. To refresh your memory, during the summer of 2010 Adarsha and I had purchased dried jatropha seeds from our farmers and transported it to Labland Biotechs for oil extraction and biodiesel production. In Labland Biotechs 30+ liters of pure biodiesel was produced using the seeds and given to the farmer leaders in two participating villages for testing. Under the leadership of Mr. Rajegowda and the rest of the Parivarthana staff, the test runs were performed very successfully. K.R.Nagar college students, Parivarthana field staff and retired bus conductor of KSRTC witnessed the test runs on the 23rd December 2011.
The results are encouraging. In the farmers own words, "i) emission of smoke is less and it has light pungent smell ii) engine runs very smoothly and iii) efficiency of the engine is good and it pulls water is very well." While demonstrating, the jatropha fuel was not mixed with diesel. The other farmers who witnessed the demonstration were very impressed with the results and are approaching Mr. Rajegowda, Director of Parivarthana to know the source of the fuel so that they can buy. In their own words "Where can we get this fuel??"
Looking back, two years ago, if some one had told me that we would reach this level in the project, I would not have believed. We are very happy that the farmers are getting a first hand experience in the biofuel usage. They can be the judge now. It is all up to them to decide if this is a viable option.
Happy 2011 to all the blog followers from Project Jatropha Team!



  1. Apoorva,
    I have got to admit, this is some impressive work! I saw Lilian's exciting news while reading your blog the other day. Congratulations to her! What is Supreme Overlord's success story? Actually I was tempted to ask but my kids say it is classified information and I just should not be asking about it. It will be a "Typical Asian Thing" to do. That is according to my kids!!
    Either way, good luck to all the three of you.
    My question next is: now that you have shown by demonstrating that this is a viable option, do you think farmers will be willing to switch to this? According to you, is this sustainable Supreme overlord??

  2. Dear Mr Subbanna :

    Project Jatropha's primary goal is to demonstrate to the farmers that jatropha oil & biodiesel fro it are for real. But, however noble the concept may be. unless it makes economic sense to the farmers, they will not adopt it. Economic sustainability is far more complex issue than a demonstration project; it depends on entire agronomic perspective and the prevailing price of diesel in general etc. Only time will tell but we are hopeful that eventually it will become feasible as the fossil fuel prices climb.

  3. Hi,

    Great Article, after my own experiances with investing in Jatropha Plantations which were badly run by "Dr" Peter McHendry in Zambia, I wish I had read this before investing in his Jatropha project!

    Monoculture Plantations are not the way forward!


    McHendrys stupid claims about Jatropha made the news in Namibia as well with the failure of his project here again note the claims of big money!


    Terrance Spyron at the Shankara Camp can tell some interesting stories about Peter McHendry as can Floris who we bought our seeds from!

  4. Hi,

    Great Blog!

    The world needs to stop conmen like Peter McHendry from preying on AIDS Victims

    Here are some very homophobic comments made by chode Peter McHendry


    You can see this Australians experience of Peter McHendry's luxury holidays with "Global Adventures" another non existent Peter McHendry Global business....


    Comment 17 describes various lies and misrepresentations from "Dr" Peter McHendry who thinks it is reasonable to charge $2500 for a month in a field that mcHendry does not even own (with no food)


    More homophobic rantings from Peter McHendry on his arrest record from the USA...

    Ricky B

  5. Hi a great read!

    Peter McHendry has hundreds of splogs over the internet spouting his lies.



    Sort of disproves any of McHendry's lies about him cancelling a business arrangement!

    I see that you have found the link to "Dr" Peter McHendry's arrest in Florida for assault and serious aggrovated battery on a female


    And I also see "Dr" Peter Mc Hendry telling lies and saying it is nonsence (more like NONCE-SENSE from Peter Mchendry:)

    Peter McHendry's arrest in Florida was covered by 2 newspapers

    The Beaches Leader



    Pone Verde Leader


    These articles confirm that Peter McHendry was arrested for violent crimes against women in America!

    Peter McHendry is a very dirty individual, he has no conceptualization of any form of truth external to whatever he has made up.

    This is sociopathic, hitting women is very wrong and an example of sociopathic behavior.

    As is constantly lying to the point of being delusional.

    Peter McHendry does not own property in America, he owes money on things but does not own anything of real value.


  6. Peter Mc Hendry is NOT a HUMANITARIAN - Peter Mc Hendry is a CONMAN!

    He cannot afford any reward - look at his clothes and smell him - Peter Mc Hendry STINKS!

    If he cannot afford a bath, how can Peter Mc Hendry afford a $100,000 US Dollar reward?

    Peter Mc Hendry's homophobic comments show that he is just another bigoted idiot, this bigotry combined with Peter Mc Hendry's lack of knowledge in the presence of McHendry's narcissistic & misplaced self belief have lead to all Peter Mc Hendry's epic business failures which usually end up in Peter Mc Hendry running off into the bush to avoid another court case!

    I strongly advise anyone approached by "Dr" Peter Mc Hendry to go straight to Durban Police Commercial Branch or other local police office and report him now

    Contact Durban Police About Peter Mc Hendry NOW on +27 (0) 31327 8000