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IKF Green Fuels Ltd formed as a subsidiary of IKF Technologies in 2005-06 started working in 2006 and has begun field operations in the current cropping season in 16 states in India.

IKF Green Fuels Ltd formed as a subsidiary of IKF Technologies in 2005-06 started working in 2006 and has begun field operations in the current cropping season in 16 states in India including Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The parent company IKF Technologies has committed an investment of Rs 200 crore into IKF Green Fuels Ltd. Currently the company has 50,000 hectares of land under cultivation and has recently signed an MoU with the government of Madhya Pradesh where it would be investing Rs 30 crore in setting up a refinery. It is also seeking 2,000 hectares of wasteland for the cultivation of Jatropha in the state. The company has also signed an agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, R&D center, Faridabad for transferring of technology and providing technical assistance for conversion of Jatropha into biofuel.

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According to Vishal Rawat, President, IKF Green Fuels, "The company plans to invest Rs 2,200 crore by 2015 in both plantations and refineries to become a market leader in the field and is eyeing 15-20 percent of the market share of biodiesel by then." The company has joint ventures for Jatropha cultivation in several states. In Andhra Pradesh, it has tied up with Sigma Biofuels Hyderabad and SRECKO Indhan Ltd while in Gujarat it has a JV with Avani Vermi Compost and Biofuel, Ahmedabad.

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"We aim to have 15-20 percent share of the biodiesel market by 2015,"

-Vishal Rawat, President, IKF Green Fuels

Exerpts of interview with Vishal Rawat printed in BioSpectrum magazine.

How many refineries do you have? Any plans for expansion?
The company has a refinery at Udaipur with a capacity to process 3,000 liters of biodiesel per day for trial and demonstration purposes. We are looking at the expansion of that refinery as well as setting up of more refineries in Vidharbha, Gujarat and Meghalaya. The capacity would be dependent on the captive area.

When do you expect to start commercial production?
We expect to start it by 2011. We expect full-fledged commercial production to start by 2015-16 since by then we would have a fully-developed refining capacity and plantations. We expect the size of the industry to be close to Rs 80,000-l00,000 crore by 2017.

How are you funding the plantations?
We have an agreement with HDFC bank for a credit line of Rs 20 crore on an all India basis for the farmers to undertake contract farming for IKF Green Fuels Ltd. We also have got a preliminary approval from Buldhana Urban Cooperative Credit Society (Maharashtra) for extending a credit line of Rs 50 crore for Jatropha cultivation. We are targeting 10,000 hectares in Maharashtra by the end of this year. We are also in advanced stages of talks with the Punjab National Bank and Cooperation Bank for a similar arrangement.

Are you looking at any acquisitions?
We are looking at acquiring a proprietorship concern in Rajasthan. It has around 10,000 hectares of existing plantation and an assured credit line of Rs 10 crore. The deal is almost finalized. We have also put up a proposal to Rajasthan fuel development authority for allotting 10,000 hectares which will take some time.

What is the progress made on R&D?
We already have 26 different varieties of Jatropha and we have collected the planting material from different sources. We are setting up a 200 hectares research farm in Ahamgaon in Maharashtra and looking at tie-ups with agricultural universities as well.

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