Staff Correspondent

Information centres to be opened in all districts

Six to eight production units planned in State

HASSAN: The Biofuel Task Force will set up information centres in all the 29 districts at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh to create awareness on ways of producing biofuel. Training programmes for members of self-help groups (SHGs) will be organised in various parts of the State in order to enhance the production of biofuel, task force chairman Y.B. Ramakrishna said here on Tuesday.

Speaking to presspersons at the Biofuel Park in Madenuru, Mr. Ramakrishna said that the task force was committed to involving people in growing biofuel-producing plants across the State. As part of the programme, the 5,500 village committees in the State would organise the planting in their respective districts, he said.

Mr. Ramakrishna stated that about three lakh saplings had been planted in 78 villages under the Hasiru Honnu programme; 3,200 families were beneficiaries of the programme. This programme would be extended to other districts soon, he said.

Training programmes

Initially, the task force would conduct training programme for the SHGs in various districts. Such programmes had already been held in Bangalore and Hassan. Training would be conducted in Shimoga on December 3 and 4, for the SHG members in Davangere and part of Chitradurga, it would be held in Gulbarga on December 15 and 16; for Bidar and part of Bijapur, the programme is scheduled in Bellary on December 17 and 18, he said.

For SHGs based in Koppal and Raichur, the programme will be in Udupi on December and 21 and 22, for Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada in Dharwad on December 29 and 30 and for Gadag, Haveri and Belgaum districts on December 31 and January 1. The training programme is aimed at creating resource persons who can guide the people of their respective regions, he said. In a way, it’s a training programme for trainers, he added.

Mr. Ramakrishna said that Bharat Petroleum was keen on investing in biofuel in the State. The company would have a tie-up with the Department of Science and Technology in the State in January, he announced. Bharat Petroleum would set up biofuel production units in six to eight districts in the State.