Well....personal opinions about a species of plant may differ.
There is no doubt that Jatropa can be a potential threat to children
who unknowingly consume the seeds of the plant.
At the same time, the economic importance of the species cannot be
Jatropa can be used for making the bio-diesel, which is very much
necessary in a country like India, where the demand for energy and
fuel is very high, but the resources are very limited. We have to
import most of the petrol from the South-West, and thats creating a
huge burden on our economy. So its not bad to grow a plant from which
we can get fuel to meet up our requirements.
But that does not mean that we have to plant this 'bio-toxic species'
in human habitations and school gardens. I think the plantation of
Jatropa can be encouraged, but the trees should be grown in areas out
of the reach of people. especially children. These trees should be
considered as a 'petroplant' only, and should not be treated as an
ornamental or avenue tree.
Shantanu : )
On Aug 28, 2:33 am, Vijayasankar <vijay.botan...@gmail.com
> Well researched article Oudhia ji, thanks for sharing. Its sad to know that
> the Jatropha plan was a failure. In that case what will happen to the
> existing plantation if the seeds no longer in use as biodiesel and if the
> project is abandoned? Have you observed naturalization of this species
> With regards
> On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Pankaj Oudhia <pankajoud...@gmail.com
> > Thanks for your message. Jatropha poisoning in Children is only one of
> > negative aspects
> > of Jatropha. Please read this write up with cross references for more info
> > Bare Facts about poisonous Jatropha curcas
> > Jatropha toxicity is well known and researched. When Jatropha promotion
> > started we suggested the authorities to aware the public<http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_twhdJg4SEPM/S0r0_bz3-VI/AAAAAAAAAR0/EIiX9Q4..
> > harmful affects<http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_twhdJg4SEPM/S04W5uVB5II/AAAAAAAAAgE/SJOhODv..
.>so that accidents can be avoided. But it was ignored. Our past president was
> > great promoter of this plant. He encouraged the children about Jatropha and
> > as result authorities planted it in school compounds and near to human
> > colonies. Children were not made aware about its toxic seeds. Within few
> > months thousands of cases of Jatropha started coming in surface.
> > In Meerut over school 20 children reached to hospital and seeing anger of
> > residents the authorities ordered to destroy Jatropha.
> > It is common obervation with Exotics. There must be full prepartion before
> > introducing the species unknown to natives.
> > We know Jatropha's effect on human population within short time of its
> > large scale plantation but imagine the condition of wildlife as Jatropha is
> > planted inside forest even by cutting indigenous forest. There are endless
> > stories about harms of Jatropha. Now last month when FAO officially declared
> > about its failure now authorities are releasing that the basic plan was
> > wrong.
> > regards
> > Pankaj Oudhia
> > On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:16 AM, Pankaj Kumar <sahanipan...@gmail.com
> >> Dear Oudhia Sir,
> >> I dont intend to offend you, but I think, parents should stop their
> >> children from eating Jatropha rather than uprooting the plant itself. There
> >> are many indigenous plants which are poisonous, what does that mean its the
> >> fault of the plant or the person who ate is purposefully or by mistake.
> >> A kid fell down in the well, should be stop digging wells?
> >> Regards
> >> Pankaj
> >> On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:12 AM, Pankaj Kumar <sahanipan...@gmail.com
> >>> Dear Vijay,
> >>> I see another reason for planting this. When you see it from satellite,
> >>> India looks green. Hope you understand what I meant!! Its just the tendency
> >>> of the plant to grow well in worst conditions and be in happy green shape
> >>> ever after...:))
> >>> "Very poor soil conditions", I think the better sentence would be, "IN
> >>> WHATEVER SOIL CONDITIONS", meaning they are not so choosy about where they
> >>> should grow!!
> >>> Pankaj
> >>>>>>> On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Shantanu <shnt...@gmail.com
> >>>>>>>> I agree with you Pankaj ji...
> >>>>>>>> These trees are of no such importance, and they absorb a lot of
> >>>>>>>> moisture from the ground thereby turning the soil dry, and not
> >>>>>>>> allowing other smaller plants to grow around it.
> >>>>>>>> Inspite of all these disadvantages, I dont know why the planting of
> >>>>>>>> these useless exotics are encouraged in our country.
> >>>>>>>> Moreover the pollens of these trees are known to cause allergies in
> >>>>>>>> some people.
> >>>>>>>> Shantanu.
> >>>>>>>> On Aug 27, 6:17 am, tanay bose <tanaybos...@gmail.com
> >>>>>>>> > Nice catch but a too long shots
> >>>>>>>> > Tanay
> >>>>>>>> > On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 1:29 AM, Pankaj Kumar <
> >>>>>>>> sahanipan...@gmail.com
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