A delegation from the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board will meet representatives of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), an institution under the Union Ministry of Agriculture, on November 11 to finalise the support price for honge and jatropha seeds.
Disclosing this at a two-day workshop organised for agricultural writers and journalists by the board at the Abdul Nazir Sab Institute for Rural Development here on Sunday, Managing Director of the board A.K. Monappa said the delegation would comprise four persons, including himself and Balakrishna Gowda of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.
He said that the delegation was meeting the CACP officials following their invitation.
Mr. Monappa said the board had received a questionnaire from the CACP about the current prices for these oil seeds and the meeting was a continuation of the process to fix the price.
He said that fixing the support price would go a long way in promoting biofuel and encouraging farmers to take up cultivation of plants used to produce biofuel.
‘State is in the forefront'
He said the State was in the forefront of biofuel development and the board had developed a plan to take it forward.
Mr. Monappa added that the board has opened 14 biofuel information and demonstration centres in the State.
Earlier, journalist and science writer Nagesh Hegde, who inaugurated the workshop, said that development of biofuel had the potential to empower farmers and people living in rural areas.
“If the village community starts cultivating plants to generate biofuel in areas other than agricultural land, they too will become powerful like the companies that extract fossil fuels,” he said.
Dr. Hegde said the dependence on petroleum products had increased tremendously in the last few years and suggested that biofuel could be an alternative to fossil fuels. ‘Conducive atmosphere'
Board chairman Y.B. Ramakrishna said that the board was creating a conducive atmosphere to accelerate biofuel development in the State.