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Ecological Requirements

 

Jatropha will have its best result when it is planted in the rainy season. So it would be easy to prepare the seedlings during the dry season and make them ready before the rainy season.

Jatropha plant can grow in all the types of soil even in crevices of rocks. The leaves of the plant shed on winter. The organic matter of the leaves helps the earthworm to activate around the roots of the plant to improve the fertility of the soil.

Jatropha are found in tropical and subtropical zones and also in regions that has lower temperature and has the capacity to withstand little frost. They can live with the minimum water content and can live for several months without water by shedding its leaves to reduce the transpiration loss. To prevent soil erosion and sand dunes jatropha can be very useful.

The seed contains 25 - 30% and the kernel contains about 50 - 60% of oil content. 21% of saturated fatty acid and 79% of unsaturated fatty acid is present in the oil. The seed and the cursin contains some chemical elements that are poisonous and making the unfit for human consumption.

On deep research, the plant seems to contain

  Moisture 6.20 %

  Protein 18.00 %

  Fat 38.00 %

  Carbohydrates 17.00 %

  Fiber 15.50 %

  Ash 5.30 %