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Biofuel Production in Promoting Sustainable Land Management

Biofuel Production in Promoting Sustainable Land Management

“Biofuel Production in Promoting Sustainable Land Management”. A local NGO in partnership with national research institutions has established a model for rehabilitating degraded community lands, producing food crop and utilising renewable energy through the cultivation and processing of sunflower plants into oil and biodiesel. Their sustainable land management approach also includes bee-keeping.

The Tema Cooperative Sunflowers Association (TCSA) is a multi-integrated model for rehabilitation of degraded community lands through the cultivation and processing of sunflower into oil and biodiesel. The biodiesel is used to power tractors, machines and lanterns and the cake from the sunflower oil is used for feeding and fertilizing. The initiative is based on clear and tested strategies that will help the indigenous farmers’ cooperative to metamorphose into a medium-size enterprise that will be the sole controller of the sunflower industry in the country with many players involved at different production levels. A detailed business and financial plan is in place. 

  • Meeting 40 per cent of the biodiesel needs of the Volta river Authority;
  • Supplying 20 per cent of the sunflower oil needs of the fish canning companies in Tema annually for the next five years;
  • Satisfaction of the demands of the members of the cooperative as well as households that use sunflower oil for domestic consumption;

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