[Assam] [WaterWatch] Re: APJ Abdul Kalam+ a few points

mc mahant mikemahant at hotmail.com
Sat May 26 19:42:31 PDT 2007

<        It is an irony to comment on the popular visions of our greatscientist and president of India Dr Kalamji at the fag end of his cherished & idealistic tenure in the high office>
popular: You do not mean that his visions are for creating 
 <cities or rain rich areas>  PRAYAS is from neither.
Ask yourself why Prez-ji did not stress "My Beloved Countrymen/women are we doing enough to rationally utilize every drop  of water falling on/flowing through our areas without riparian areas feeling cheated? River Linking-YES wherever that enables rational sharing and synergy. Work that out and ACT locally"
< Jatropha, it is still in the infant stage and it needs research and trials to cultivate economically in large scale >
PRAYAS tried to tell the same "Why jump suddenly without learning all the Technology-which he is supposed to have at his fingertips.
Prez-ji should have said: " Jatropha-derived Biodiesel is  also an alternative- we should try optimized growing at logical places. And we hear of Methanol and DME which is direct duplicate for Diesel Fuel and LPG. As long as our  Sun shines and we use land and water rationally, we can grow huge Biomass and convert same to Methanol and on to DME. Each State/District/Village should compete and come out with their own  best models for rational land/water/Biomass/food-security/Employment. Science is exploding . We cannot/need not be swamped with gadgets. We want rational choices good for each area/village/community.Each one  should ask himself/herself-must I travel under machine power?Is this trip not avoidable? Waste Not,Want Not -is the old saying. Let us ask ourselves-are we following that at every step?"
> To: WaterWatch at yahoogroups.com> From: bmt.rajeev.ifs at gmail.com> Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 22:46:31 +0530> Subject: [WaterWatch] Re: APJ Abdul Kalam+ a few points> > Dear friend,> > It is an irony to comment on the popular visions of our great> scientist and president of India Dr Kalamji at the fag end of his cherished & idealistic tenure in the high office.Anyone hailing from the regions of water starved arid zones only knows the importance of Rivers linking in India and not the one hailing from cities or rain rich areas. > > Regarding Jatropha, it is still in the infant stage and it needs research and trials to cultivate economically in large scale defending on its agro-climatic requirements. Hence, it is not wise to blame the visionary prez. > > Dr Kalamji, an honest and simple visionary of India for his endorsement to go for rivers linking to augment the droughts in central and south India and cultivation of Jatropha -a biofuel to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels-patroleim in the interest of economy and also to ward off the global> warming..> > B M T Rajeev.> > On 5/17/07, mc mahant <mikemahant at hotmail.com> wrote:> >> > Office of the president and a person who *occupy it are two different> > things*. We *must* WHY? be respectful to the office at all times and> > dutifully obey every *good order* of the* presiden*t Not authorized by> > Indian Constitutionbut must also reject every bad decision of the> > occupant of office of president.> >> >> >> > *River Link **Defies Gravity&Seasons* and Jatropha are world's most> > "Eccentric" programs promoted by our president and he is silently conniving> > on poverty, hunger, meter rigging by discoms, extortion by moneylenders and> > SEZ corporate loot etc. Jatropha too is a land grab program. In the> > following ICAR link you will find the yield under rain fed conditions is> > 1100 kg/ hectare, which means cultivators earn revenue of Rs.*5500/- per> > hectare** **Rice /Cereals/Oilseed** **@6Ton/Ha=Rs60,000** *> > http://www.icar.org.in/pr/10052006.htm> >> >> >> > Had he offered to resign than *signing the **SEZ bill*, *But this was for> > TN's gain at **India**'s loss* GOI would have relented and rescind the> > SEZ. He has not followed any democratic tradition of speaking his mind but> > actually promoted all the "Eccentric" programs.> >> >> >> > Something about irrigation and water loss in canals I knew as five year> > old, if you tell the president 100 times and 101 times also come up with> > exactly the same opinion than there was terribly wrong in *scientific> > president+Drinks* ExPM.> >> >> >> > I am just expressing my opinion most of the states have actually rejected> > the river link project already.> >> >> >> > Was it not foolish of Kalam to urge Punjab farmers to grow poisonous> > Jatropha trees that are deadly to known life forms when Punjab is the> > bread basket of India is short of food grains.> >> >> >> > The survey carried out by National Oil-seeds and Vegetable Oils> > Development Board (henceforth referred only as NOVOD) as part of the> > "National Network on Jatropha" reported variation in 'oil-content' from 21%> > to 48%. The 'oil-content' in the seeds collected from Maharashtra ranged> > from 21% to 42%. While conducting this present study, it was found that the> > annual seed- yield of Jatropha is highly variable and ranges from 0.4tons/Ha to 12 tons/Ha> > *=how many litres of Diesel*?. In Maharashtra, the only publicly reported> > results of**> >> > Jatropha plantation are from Mr. Vinayakrao Patil, a pioneer in Jatropha> > plantation and Chairman of Maharashtra Agro-forestry Federation (Nashik).> > According to him, results of Jatropha plantation raised on over 20,000 acres> > of land between 1986 to1994-95 are not very encouraging, with yields of 1> > to 1.5 tons/Ha in the third and fourth years.> >> >> >> > Under "very good conditions", the seed production is reported to be as> > high as 5.0 Kg/tree or 12.5 metric tons per hectare. But in rain-fed> > conditions (lack of irrigation) and poor soils, seed-yield could be as low> > as 0.6 Kg / tree or 1.5 metric tons/Ha. Thus, the higher seed-yield is> > likely to be possible only from plantations on medium quality soils using> > quality-planting material and after standardization and adaptation of> > cultivation practices (such as irrigation, fertilizers, and pruning).> >> >> >> > 'D1 Oils', a private company, has reported several pests and diseases on> > Jatropha plants. These include Calidea Bug, Fruit Borer, Leaf Webber, Weaver> > Caterpillar, Mite> >> > Infestation, and Root Rot Symptoms.> >> >> >> > Thus, there is need to acknowledge that Jatropha can be prone to diseases> > and pests, especially when large-sized monoculture plantations are> > established on a wider scale.*Is the Rocketman listening?***> >> > – PRAYAS> >> >> >> >> > > > Yahoo! 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