Y B Ramakrishna, executive chairperson and A K Monnappa, managing director, KSBDB, said the media the Board aims to sow 12 crore seedlings of biofuel yielding plants in three lakh hectares by 2017. Ramakrishna said, “Ever since the inception of KSBDB four years ago, around 4.5 crore seedlings had been planted by farmers across the State. The Board had simplified technology of biofuel production and introduced the farmers to the same. The idea is to help each village meet its energy requirements through value addition of biofuel, apart from meeting the State’s demand for biodiesel and bioethanol.”
The biofuel policy aims at blending of at least 20 per cent biofuel with diesel and petrol by 2017. The mela will witness participation of farmers, students, writers and policy makers and introduce the concept through discussions, infotainment, cultural programmes and others. Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar will inaugurate the mela. A model unit demonstrating extraction of biodiesel from oil seeds will be set up at the mela venue.