Deal #628

Location #1

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Exact location
Location
Tamil Nadu, Virudhunagar district, Sattur tulak

Latitude
9.34735748910859
Longitude
77.9032158119423
Target country
India
Comment on location
Tamil Nadu, Virudhunagar district, Sattur tulak

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2007] 323
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2011] 162
Comment on land area
Starting in 2005-06, land brokers began approaching farmers offering to purchase their rainfed agricultural lands. According to villagers, by 2007, the company had acquired approximately 800 acres. In 2009, the company started selling off the plantation lands to real estate companies headquartered in Bombay, Raj Green Valley Developers and Raigad Infra Projects.

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Biofuels
Comment on intention of investment
jatropha on only half of the plot, seeds were never harvested. The company is suspected of speculating in land

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2005] Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
stepwise land acquisition starting in 2005

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2011] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
current status is unclear: the company maintained the trees less than a year and never harvested; in 2009 it started selling off planted lands and at least part of the operations were stopped

Purchase price

Comment on purchase price
The brokers offered farmers prices of Rs. 3000-5000 per acre ($67-112/acre) $ 166 - 277 per ha

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
Shivaleekha is the only investor (domestic deal), but has good links to Emami Biotech and ACS Alternative Fuels Private Ltd, the two main operating companies in this region (also jatropha)

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Media report
File
Comment on data source
Biofuels and Marginal Lands: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Jatropha Biodiesel Promotion in Tamil Nadu, India. 2012.

Data source #2

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2011-04-06

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Limited consultation

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Mixed reaction

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
partly payment received

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Private (smallholders)
Community

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Jatropha

Use of produce

Comment on use of produce
produce was never harvested

In country processing of produce

Comment on in country processing of produce
BIO (Biofuel production)

Overall comment

Overall comment
Outright purchase was not the only nature of the deal, partly the company is said to have generated false legal ownership documents; In 2009, the company started selling off the plantation lands to real estate companies headquartered in Bombay, Raj Green Valley Developers and Raigad Infra Projects. now Emami Biotech and ACS Alternative Fuels Private Ltd are the two main operating companies in this region ( also jatropha); Shivaleekha still has good links to them

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