Azolla is a miracle aquatic plant. It is called a “green gold mine” and has multiple uses. The Azolla plant can be used in the production of bioethanol. It can also be used as organic manure for rice fields, as fodder for animals, as water purifier, for human consumption, in medicines and to control weeds and insects.
Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, a renowned trade specialist and an entrepreneur advocates investing in the growth of Azolla plant in Latin America. He states that the investment in Azolla will make Latin America gain advantage in the development of biofuels. The Azolla plant has multiple uses and can be used in the development of sustainable biofuels.
The aquatic plant grows in waste water and is commonly used as the feedstock for the preparation of bioethanol. The plant can be grown in contaminated waste water. The plant improves the quality of water by consuming the chemicals in the water and purifying it, and at the same time produces large quantities of biomass. According to reports, the plant can produce 20.2 tonnes of bio oil per hectare per year. The Azolla plant produces bio mass quickly as it can double the mass in approximately two to five days.
Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan argues that since Azolla can be cultivated in waste waters, it reduces the dependence on arable land for the production of bio-mass. The arable land can be used for the cultivation of other crops without disturbing the production of sustainable bioethanol. The efficient use of the arable land can help Latin American countries to cultivate profitable and sustainable crops without effecting their capabilities of producing bioethanol. The countries can also promote the use of Azolla as bio fertilizer, water purifier, animal fodder and use in medicines, to benefit from the cultivation of this green miracle plant.
Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan insists on the benefits of cultivating Azolla as a key crop across Latin America. the plant will not only help the Latin American countries to gain competitive advantage in the production of biofuel but also would be the right step to free the arable land in the country for more effective use, which will improve the sustainability of the economy as a whole.