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Biofuels: The Way Ahead

The principal goal of the biofuel programme in India must be fossil fuel substitution, while catalysing rural development through this route, as envisaged in a Planning Commission report, should be secondary. Concern for energy security should promote maximisation of production, consequently large-scale plantations might well emerge. In another approach, community and small farmers could be promoted through cooperatives, panchayati raj institutions and the like. The proposal to take up a biodiesel production programme based on cultivation of Jatropha on the wastelands of 26 states might also be stretching the argument that such land is available.

Second-Hand Imports

While trade in second-hand goods and technologies plays an important role in the development of less industrialised economies, it often creates serious environmental problems in the receiving countries. The transfer of state of the art technologies on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms has always been a missing component in this trade
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