cultivation due to frequent load shedding, a farmer, Mr. Mr. C.
Rajasekaran, from Vettaikaran Irruppu of Kilvelur taluk in Nagappattinam
district does not seem to worry much.
since the soil became barren after the tsunami struck, is now home to
nearly 35 different tree varieties. Mango, Guavas, Lime, Teak, Cashew,
amla, tamarind, and jack are all flourishing well today in what was once
considered a wasteland.
While the farmer says that he was able to turn the land fertile only
through organic practices, he is well known in the region for
propagating the usefulness of punnai seeds.
cost considerably. I run the motor for about five months using the oil
during summer,” he says.
tree. After 10 years, a tree will yield 10 – 60 kg in a year and the
seed yield will be on the increase as the trees grow older. From my
experience, a 25 year-old tree yields a minimum of 300 kg and a maximum
of 500 kg of seeds,” says Mr. Rajasekaran.
pollinate the bats eat the fruits and the seeds scatter all over the
area through their droppings.
“My daily job in the morning is to collect the seeds and dry them for a
week, after which they are broken open to expose the kernel. The kernel
is further dried for 10 days before oil extraction,” he adds.
and the cost of producing a litre of oil works out to Rs.10.
to be precise and for that my requirement is 600 ml of oil for an hour
every day. Previously while using diesel my requirement was 900 ml for
the same duration of time.
farmers at Rs. 42 a litre. After extracting the oil, the cake is used as
manure for crops,” he explains.
According to the farmer there is no rust formation in the engine and it
emits little noise during operation. For the last four years he has been
using this oil to run his motor and till date seems to have not faced
any problem with the engine.
diesel run five Hp motor engine. Both pump 750ml of water in a minute.
In fact the engine running on the oil emits less smoke unlike the diesel
operated one,” he says.
farmers. The few trees found in some places have been growing there for
years similar to the palm trees one finds on the rural roadside.
“But the benefits from the tree are quite remarkable in terms of bio
energy. It is the job of the state Agriculture University and Government
to popularise this tree among farmers and encourage them to plant it.
the same power problem we are facing now if all our farmers become aware
about this tree he says,” with a smile.