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Investors from China will develop the crop as well as its downstream business in East Kalimantan, and the required land area of ??10,000 hectares.
"The total area we prepared is 35,000 hectares, while for the upstream and downstream business of the plant by investors from China it covers 10,000 hectares in the same location," said Head of Plantation Office of Kaltim M Nurdin in Samarinda on Saturday.
He said that the location of the land was previously still being studied in what areas are suitable, but after verification, finally North Penajam Paser Regency is considered suitable for the development of jatropha, especially in the local area has been done by involving cooperative village unit (KUD).
"Investors from China will develop upstream and downstream processes in an area of ??10,000 hectares in the area, which is an agricultural commodity that can be developed into biodiesel raw materials," he said.
The activity, according to him, will give big benefits for the people of East Kalimantan, especially the people of Penajam Paser Utara. With the existence of this agricultural activity will provide business opportunities for the community, as well as to increase local revenue.
"According to the results of the jatropha test for biodiesel feedstock does show the oil content is not as much as crude palm oil, but planting the distance is not difficult and can involve many villagers rather than oil palm," said Nurdin.
Related to that, he said the Plantation Office of Kaltim will do the development of jatropha plant because the prospect of this plant is very good and able to absorb a large enough labor, or labor intensive.
He said the distance is a very good plant species developed in East Kalimantan. This plant can be an alternative fuel. This type of plant does not require special care and care, unlike a rather difficult palm.
"In East Kalimantan, the distance plant in 2010 (first semester 2010) reached 611 hectares, with production of 85 tons, while the distribution covers Kutai Kartanegara, East Kutai, Malinau and Balikpapan," Nurdin said. (between/