Best practice training for growing Jatropha

Regarding Jatropha, a lot of  "information" is available on the internet. However, most of this information is not based on practical experience. It comes from websites, libraries, (optimistic) business plans and wishful thinkers.

I worked a lot with Jatropha in field conditions (Yes, I've got dirty nails, sunburn, and stains in my cloths) in India, Cambodia, Laos, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi and recently in Senegal and Mali.

I designed and executed training programs for the D1/Quinvita  Agronomists in South East Asia. (Bogor, Indonesia)

I developed and executed a training program for BERL in Malawi

I trained the Agronomy specialists from the biggest co-operatives in Tanzania. (Dar Es Salam )

Key note presentations in Bangkok and Chang Mai (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Arusha (Tanzania), Groningen (Netherlands), Jales (Brazil), Manila (Philippines)

Setting up a nursery in Indonesia (Benkulu-Sumatra)

Discussing jatropha with the minister of Agriculture in Thailand

Starting the seedgarden in Benkulu, Indonesia

Nursery start up in Mbinga/Tanzania

Locating Jatropha plantations on Java, Indonesia

With this experience I develop tailor made Jatropha growing training sessions on site.

A typical training will take one or two days and will cover the following subjects. (among others, depending on clients whish)

Site selection Soils structure
  Climate precipitation
Plant selection Criteria  
  Selection trials Yes/No Why/How
  Sources of planting material  
Propagation generative seeds, with or without rootball
  vegetative hard/soft cuttings, tissue culture
  root systems  
Planting Land preparation  
Maintenance Irrigation  
  Pruning Why/When/Not
  Weed control How
  Pest control When
  Fertilization Organic/Chemical
Harvesting When  
  How Hand-picking
Jatropha products Oil uses
  Soap receipe and uses
  Fertilizer characteristics and use
All information supplied  will be based on practical experience and/or scientific research results. Interaction and local information will be an important part of the training. A factual training manual will be supplied during the training.