On growing Jatropha
It's a well-proven fact that Jatropha grows wild in wasteland and can be extensively cultivated at a low cost with minimum care and be used for extraction of diesel oil. In India, the species has been planted successfully in the waste land of several provinces for over decades. According to a reliable estimate, India is planning to plant this species in 300,000 square km of wasteland. In India, the oil extracted from Jatropha is of high quality and is being used in motor driven engines including railway, to the satisfaction of its consumers. I recommend that besides tea gardens, it should be planted wherever dry wasteland is available in Bangladesh. The attention of the ministry of energy, government of Bangladesh is being drawn to look into the feasibility of obtaining bio-diesel oil from Jatropha species that grows wild in Bangladesh and launch a vigorous programme to meet fuel shortage in the country. Now it's the time for action.