Four plants already set up are functioning well
Government to make use of Raitha Samparka Kendras to procure oilseeds for these plants
Farmers can supply seeds to the kendras and get paid for it
DAVANGERE: Twelve biodiesel production plants would be set up in the State by the end of this year, said Y.B. Ramakrishna, chairman of the State Biofuel Task Force.
Participating at a function organised to mark Earth Day on Thursday at the Anegod forest, about 15 km from here, Mr. Ramakrishna said that four such biodiesel production plants had already been set up in Bangalore, Hassan and Dharwad.
In the first phase, he said, biodiesel plants would be set up in Davangere, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Chintamani, Tumkur and Chamarajanagar, and in the second phase in Udupi, Karwar, Shimoga and Kodagu. Two more places where plants would be set up in the second phase were yet to be decided, he said.
Mr. Ramakrishna said the Government wanted to make use of the over 746 Raitha Samparka Kendras (RSKs) in the State to procure oilseeds for these plants.
Farmers could supply seeds to the RSKs and get paid for it, he said. Dakshina Kannada alone was producing over 4.50 lakh tonnes of honge seeds while Uttara Kannada was producing over 5 lakh tonnes of neem seeds.
Earlier in the day, the district administration, led by Deputy Commissioner K. Amaranarayana, planted a number of seedlings. Several district-level officers travelled on bullock carts from the high school field to the Anegod forest spreading the message to save the earth.