It is difficult to estimate the cost and returns of jatropha plantation and yield as it has its role mainly in the rural development. The cost and return are involved in all the stages of the growing jatropha. And it also depends on the different plant products and the tangible methods for them. Here is a list of cost that is very essential in the economic analysis of jatropha cultivation.
Removal of flesh cost
Storage of products like oil, cake, shells, flesh cost
Extraction of oil cost
Production of charcoal cost from shells
Machinery and equipment cost
Entrepreneurs all over the world face little difficulty with popularization of jatropha as a budding source for biofuel. This is main reason for the price raise of jatropha seeds.
Another important component of jatropha cost is that the price of jatropha. At present one liter of jatropha cost $1.50 and it is expected that the price of oil will go down in the next ten years.
The cost of the jatropha seeds vary depending on the variety of seeds. The cost of the seeds changes from one variety to another. Correspondingly the quality and quantity of the seeds also varies thus affecting its cost.
As per the current ration the cost of the seeds are quite low then the cost of the jatropha oil. Jatropha plantation and product prices are now coming into consideration since the growing demand of jatropha oil as a biofuel. This not only affect and increase the cost of jatropha oil but also its end products.