Eco Afrique was established in 2008, as vehicle to develop Jatropha plantations in Nigeria. Environmental entrepreneurs whilst studying the crops to fight desertification in the North of Nigeria decided Jatropha would be a viable crop in it’s own right, and a good venture to help invigorate Nigeria’s ailing agriculture sector.
The Company acquired 6,705.49ha (hectares) in Kwara State in the middlebelt of Nigeria of which over 1,000ha is already planted and yielding first fruits.
Nigeria is a net importer of diesel fuel, and the biodiesel processed fromJatrophaseeds can be added directly to local depots for blending with mineral diesel. The domestic diesel market in Nigeria is fully deregulated and local prices are consistently at a premium to international price.
Although Jatropha is indigenous to Nigeria, it was not grown commercially in 2008 and there were insufficient seeds to propagate our plantation.
Eco Afrique was the first company to import Jatropha seeds to Nigeria.
The Jatrophacurcas we imported from India is genetically close to the local species, although our oil yields are better. We are retaining harvested seeds from our current harvests to provide seeds for the planned 6,070ha plantation in Ndeji.