Volume 18 No. 1 – Tubang-bakod Jatropha curcas L.
Amid the worldwide oil crisis, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo encourages the production of biofuel sources. One of the practical sources is just within our reach – Jatropha curcas which is more popularly known as tubing-bakod, tuba-tuba or kasla.
Jatropha is a very ordinary plant especially in the rural areas. Commonly used as fence, jatropha is also recognized for its medicinal and industrial purposes. But recently, this plant became highly in-demand, owing to its non-edible vegetable oil that can be used in producing a commercially viable alternative to petrodiesel. Using this natural resource, we can cook food and run engines that are powered by diesel oil.
We can produce sufficient amounts of Jatropha’s oil by establishing plantations. Research have shown that of the many varieties of Jatropha, Jatropha curcas is the best source of oil. Thus, this issue of RISE which we printed in 1993 has been revised and updated to give more relevant information that could help readers in knowing more about this important species and at the same time, provide ideas in getting started to establish a plantation of Jatropha curcas.
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