Villagers protest against GSFC's Jatropha plantation

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Aditi PatilLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

January 6, 2020

Location of Conflict

Anwarpura

Patan

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Plantations

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People Affected by Conflict

250

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

53

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Starting Year

2008

State

Gujarat

Sector

Conservation and Forestry

In Patan district, about 600 acres of gauchar land (Grazing Land) at Anwarpura village was identified by the Gujarat State Land Development Corporation (GSLDC) for jojoba plant cultivation. Oil extracted from these plants is used in production of aviation fuel. Considering its commercial promised benefit, the village panchyat had agreed to hand over the land to GSLDC. However, this plan did not materialize and GSLDC transferred the land to Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) for Jatropha cultivation in 2008. For this transfer no consent was taken from the villagers. In December 2008, GSFC started working towards Jatropha cultivation in 132 acres of the land, which led to widespread protests in the village. As a result, the company had to suspend its work in April 2009. Villagers had proposed to GSFC to distribute the land to the land less farmers and cultivate the plant in partnership with the company. However, the company did not agree with the proposal. Now in 2018, as part of agroforestry proposals of the Gujarat Forest Department, the Government wants to restart its plantation efforts. The villagers are still against the idea.

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Non-Forest (Grazing Land)

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Gujarat State Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC), Gujarat State Land Development Corporation

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Gujarat Lok Samiti

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