Ancillary Projects

Sisal Aonla & Jetropha Plantations

The Nigam is also carrying out plantations of Sisal (Agave sislana), Aonla and Jatropha (Jatropha carcus) for employment generation for forest dependent Scheduled Tribe families. Self Help Groups/Committees have been formed for making Sisal fiber/rope and lifestyle/ utility articles from Sisal plantations to generate additional income of Rs. 1200 - 1500 per month for at least 8 months in a year. 81 Scheduled Tribe BPL families are getting permanent income through beneficiary oriented Aonla plantations in Rajnandgaon District. In order to promote use of bio-fuel policy in Chhattisgarh the Nigam has planted 42.74 lakhs Jetropha seedlings during the year 2005.

Sisal (Agave sislana)

Sisal is successfully cultivated in Bastar and Rajnandgaon districts This plant produces fibrous leaves, which, on decortication, yield high class fibre which is used for making ropes, bags, sacks, etc. It also yields wax, a raw material for manufacture of boot polish, automobile polish and carbon papers.

The local tribal villagers have formed Co-operative Society for maintenance of plantations, production of Sisal fibre and its end use. This created direct and indirect employment for a number of unskilled and skilled jobs to the tribal inhabitants of the area. The economic impact of this scheme, on the financially weaker sections of the tribal population working in the tribal area is also self-evident.

Sisal plantation in Kolchur (Bastar) and Mohla (Rajnandgaon)
Harvestable Sisal leaves Sisal Plantation
Sisal Plantation Sisal Plantation
Employement opportunities to Adivasis from Sisal leaves.
Harvesting of Sisal leaves Collection of Sisal leaves
Collected Sisal Leaves Bringing Sisal leaves to the Unit
Extraction and drying of Sisal fibre
Weighing fibre Sisal Rope making
Drying of Sisal fibre Collection of dried fibre
Making and coluring the rope made from fibre
Weighing fibre Sisal Rope making
Coloured Sisal fibre Coloured Sisal fibre
Lifestyle and utility products from Sisal rope and fibre
Making Lifestyle products Making beautiful utility products
Sisal rope Lifestyle products

Jatropha (Jatropha carcus)
The seeds of Jatropha contain (50% by weight) viscous oil, which can be used, above all, as a substitute for diesel apart from being used for manufacture of candles, soaps and cosmetic industry and lighting by itself. These uses have important implications for meeting the demand for rural energy services and also meeting the shortage of diesel in our country. Its environmental advantage is that it does not result in greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere.

Jatropha-initial stage Jatropha Nursery, Barnawapara
Jatropha Plantation Jatropha Plantation-Kota Bilaspur
Jatropha -Fruits Jatropha Plantation-Barnawapara
Jatropha -Flowers