Re­hab of in­dus­try needed for biodiesel in­dus­try

Fiji Sun - - Business - MERELEKI NAI NADI Edited by Jonathan Bryce [email protected]­

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.

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