Benefits of Farming Castor:

  • Castor provides a traditional farming with a viable income from current non-productive lands.
  • Castor does not compete with food crops, because the Castor bean can be grown on marginal lands, which do not compete with food production lands.
  • Due to its low demands on soil fertility, Castor is ideal to re-plant in marginal lands to prevent erosion and/or desertification.
  • Farming of Castor, apart from providing additional income for it’s farmers, provides stabilization for marginal lands which are susceptible to excessive water or winds.
  • Castor Oil is not competing with food grade oils.
  • It’s toxicity is sensed by animals, and so, it is not foraged on.
  • Castor produces a high yield, as much as 350-650 kg of oil per hectare, even with no fertilization maintenance, up to a higher end yield, where rainfalls happen at appropriate times (1000 litre per hectare).
  • Castor has a very high oil content of approximately 50%.
  • Castor is an uncomplicated crop which requires little attention during its growing periods.
  • Castor requires moderate rainfall (approx 600mm only), is able to withstand long periods of drought, and yet it will thrive under heavy rainfall.
  • Castor farmers agree that no matter how much oil seed is produced, there can never be an over-supply for many decases to come.
  • Considering the issues that surround geographical and climactic changes, and general shortage of rural employment opportunities, involving farmers (and enthusiasts) in Castor farming, in order to produce renewable energy, provides the answer to long term employment and prosperity.
  • Castor provides both long and short term benefits for holistic bio-energy projects in developing (as well as developed) countries, in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.
  • Altough Castor is indigenous to Africa, it is distributed to all parts of the world in large comercial values, and provides a great resource for bio-diesel production
  • Castor helps to reduce green house gas accumulations in the atmosphere, and has two growing cycles (harvests) per year.

 

 

 

(c) 2012 Intercastor is a green project of CPFSS Ireland.