ENERGY

The renewable energy industry is quickly picking up worldwide interest because of its global contribution to climate change, environment and the energy sector. This opens up great socio-economic opportunities in the agriculture and forestry sector through the production of biomass from dedicated energy crop plantations. The fast emerging market for woody biomass can promote massive reforestation activities in rural areas where bioenergy plants will be established. Vast areas of marginal and idle lands can be converted into forestlands that can serve as a sustainable source of renewable biomass. This can be done through establishment of energy crop production areas in partnership with various types of farmers that can be operated at commercial scale.