Jatropha Value Chain Project Group has revealed that part of its plans was to create an avenue for the diversification of the country’s economy through empowering Nigerians.
According to Minister of Environment, Jatropha production and processing in Nigeria aims at empowering Nigerians by engaging them in the production of a viable green alternative to fossil fuels.
It also targets providing additional means of livelihood to reduce poverty for local communities that are losing ground water and vegetation every year which is due to desertification.
The group suggested that climate actions would be taken to fight the desertification, thus enhancing socio-economic growth across the country.
The statement noted that the project “will be integrated into the afforestation programme of the Federal Ministry of Environment in partnership with State Government and MDAs with sustained advocacy visits by the Minister to secure commitment of states.
“This approach will lead to the rapid creation of a new Green Economy in the rural areas, thereby creating jobs and wealth from the cultivation of Jatropha and its value chain.
“Ultimately, this will result in the establishment of an African Green Energy Hub in Nigeria.” It added that Jetropha also has potential to impact on the five key elements of the COP 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Bio-fuel Policy and Incentives has in 2007 identified Jatropha as the most preferred non-food plant for the bio-food feedstock for production in the country.
It noted that the bio-fuel policy with NNPC’s Renewable Energy Division was set out to link the agriculture and Energy Sectors and promote job creation, technology acquisition to attract foreign investment in bio-fuels industry.
Consequently, the Ministry of Environment has disclosed that it would be organising a two-day National Conference to fine tune strategies for the production of Jatropha in Nigeria.
The statement explained that the conference is with a view to reaping the huge environmental dividends that come with the production, processing and marketing of the plant.
The conference is also aimed at developing an actionable National Plan on bio-fuels which will drive the Jatropha Value Clean Project forward.
Highlighting some of its objectives, it attempts to properly examine the environmental, economic and social benefits of investments in project as well as develop a national strategy with a clear marketing evaluation framework.
Also, to serve as sounding board to related experiences from other climes, international development partners and local practioners, and secure the buy-in of stakeholders, ensure clarity of roles and commitment of the three tiers of government, ensuring diligent implementation of the strategies.
It aims to establish a mechanism for securing technical and financial support from international agencies/investors interested in Jatropha cultivation and processing in Nigeria.
On the areas of focus, it will seek to achieve understanding and consensus on policy setting and regulatory framework, stakeholders’ engagement among others.
Again, the bio-fuel policy and regulatory framework is set to find out “what existing tools and policies can be adopted to promote a green economy with viable options for renewable energy?
“How the country’s bio-fuel policies are streamlined to allow for a practical approach to teJatropha value chain in Nigeria today?
“What roles and responsibilities can federal and state government institutions undertake in the successful implementation of project and how to ensure committed participation by institutions in the technical advancement?
“What are the current and future economic opportunities available for potential growers and processors of Jatropha?” to mention a few.
While Jatropha production and processing in Nigeria will address “how have past approaches to utilising it as a viable bio-fuel source fared in Nigeria, what lessons can be extracted from post attempts its development in Nigeria?

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