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Nigeria Needs 2.4m Litres Of Biodiesel Daily – JaGPEAN


Maj. Gen. J. Omosebi,, the retired National President of the Jatropha Growers, Processors and Exporters Association of Nigeria(JaGPEAN) said that Nigeria needs 2.4 million litres of biodiesel daily to successfully the implement of Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

This was stated in Abuja at the second interactive meeting of the national and state executives of the association.

The Retired National President emphasize that Nigerian has to produce massive domestic of Jatropha plant, which was a good source of biodiesel to meet the required feedstock to implement the agreement of the Paris.

Mr. Omosebi said that the JaGPEAN association plans is to help farmers to cultivate 100, 000 hectares of the Jatropha farm in all the country, while within next five years, they should cultivate 2.5 million hectares.

In September, President Buhari signed a climate change agreement in New York on behalf of Nigerian while he expressed the country dedication to cut Green House gas secretion by 20% completely by 2020.

The president and his Government plan to mix together 20 % of the biofuel into petrol and diesel litre, to achieve this objective in the country before the choosing year.

But the Nigerian Ministry of Petroleum Resources has begins to review and undates the country Biofuel policy, in order to increase the local production.

Mr. Omosebi stated:“Currently, about 12 million litres of diesel are consumed daily in Nigeria.

“Blending with the stipulated 20 per cent biofuel means that the country needs 2.4 million litres of biodiesel daily or 876 million litres annually to successfully implement the agreement.

“Currently, the data of available Jatropha oil in the country is very insignificant compared with the quantity required for this policy.

“Therefore, there is need for massive cultivation of Jatropha to meet the required feedstock to implement the policy.”

However, he also said that supporting the Federal Government's Biofuel Policy was very important, just because it will favour the country farmers.

While he praised the federal government for allowing the interests of the JaGPEAN association's members in their policy analysis.

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