Semi-mechanical Harvesting of Jatropha Curcas: A Preliminary Study in North Africa

L. Pari, A. Suardi, S. Figorilli, L. Fornaciari, A. Scarfone, E.G. Papazoglou & E. Santangelo
Jatropha curcas L. is a plant able to grow in arid climates. The oil contained into the seeds can be used for energy purposes. Considering the industrial perspectives that this plant could have, it may represent an opportunity for local rural communities of North African countries, stimulating the creation of jobs, the reduction of poverty by the potential development of a self-economy, and the possibility to become self-sufficient in energy. This concept was already clear...