Converting 2.5% of India’s 114 Million Ha of wasteland into Energy Farms can
generate over 90 million labour days annually
| Energy Security | Social Inclusion | Environment Protection | Economic Gains |
With just 2.5 Million Ha of wasteland, India can meet its 20% blend requirement without imports
The annual demand for biodiesel is 4 MMT (million metric tonne) or 40 Lakh Kilo Litres of biodiesel to meet the 5% blend mandate; the supply is a miniscule 0.3 MMT or 3 Lakh Kilo Litres of biodiesel made from imported palm stearin, a waste from edible palm oil production.
Nearly 90% of the demand for biodiesel in India is unmet.
Aggregation of seeds as a model has failed to deliver on the business need for consistent availability of feedstock and price competitiveness.
The Indian biodiesel industry needs new models that look into the entire value chain starting with the farm (supply side) integrated with the processing side (capacity) and linked to markets (demand side).
Given India’s vast footprint of 114 Million Ha of wasteland, converting them into Energy Farms is a great opportunity to meet both the demand for biodiesel and creating jobs and income in rural India. It has the potential to generate over 90 million labour days annually sustainably and without subsidies.
The value chain ecosystem comprising processing, storage, transport will further create demand for skilled and semi-skilled workforce.
Agroforestry method that leads to regenerative agriculture is at the heart of Energy Farming.
By brining 20% of India’s wastelands under Energy Farming,, India can within 20 years not only meet its 20% blend requirements but also become the World’s leading exporter of biodiesel.