Rehab of industry needed for biodiesel industry
Major rehabilitation of the copra industry is needed to support the biodiesel industry.
This is what University of Fiji lecturer, Darishna Charan, said in her keynote address during the International Symposium on Renewable Energy, Environment and Climate Change at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on Wednesday. She said in a discussion with other speakers during the forum, they found that copra industry would not be able to support the biodiesel industry, especially within its target because there was a lot of competition and that the production of copra was low.
Ms Charan said there was a need to revive the copra industry in Fiji through the coconut rehabilitation by Government.
“Major rehabilitation of the coconut industry is needed for it to support a biodiesel industry. In Fiji, Biofuels is derived from the jatropha plant, pogamia plant, castor oil and waste vegetable oil,” she said.
“40,000 seed nuts supplied to farmers and 30,000 coconut trees to be planted each year.
“2000 tonnes of copra per year in future and add this to 2000 tonnes we produce in a year, then we can expect around two million litres of Coconut Methyl Ester (CME) in the future,” she said.