Biofuel awareness campaign and workshop held in Gulbarga

Growing trees that are useful for production of biofuel will lead to prosperity in the Hyderabad Karnataka region, Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University E.T. Puttaiah has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating a biofuel awareness campaign and workshop organised by the Biofuel Information and Demonstration Centre at Gulbarga University and the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board at Kusnoor village on Saturday.

The biofuel centre, along with the university's Hyderabad Karnataka Development Centre, has prepared a vision document for a biofuel development programme for the region.

This envisages growing trees that can be used for biofuel production on wasteland across the districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur and Koppal.

Wasteland put to use

According to the document, the State Government will encourage farmers to grow plants such as pongamia, neem and simarouba on wasteland belonging to them. The Forest Department and the zilla panchayat will take up mass planting on public land.

The expertise developed at the university can be utilised by farmers and the zilla panchayat.

Resource persons from the university would work with farmers and officials to ensure that planting was done in a scientific manner, Prof. Puttaiah said. He urged farmers to avail themselves of schemes of the Government and the State Biofuel Development Board.

Conservation

Apart from spreading green cover, planting of such trees would contribute to environmental sustainability and soil and water conservation, he emphasised. It would create jobs and empower the rural population, especially women.

Employment opportunities

Prof. Puttaiah said planting of trees that couldbe used for bio-fuel, seed collection, biodiesel production and marketing would generate several job opportunities in the backward Hyderabad Karnataka region.

It would require both skilled and unskilled manpower and would increase the participation of women in revenue-generating activities, according to the Vice-Chancellor.

The university will organise similar workshops in all taluks of Gulbarga and Yadgir districts over the next 15 days with the help of NGOs, the Forest Department and the zilla panchayat.


  • Vision document envisages growing such trees on wasteland in five districts

  • It will create jobs and empower rural population, especially women, says Puttaiah


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