Published: Monday 15 January 2001

A farmer in Thailand has made a fuel from coconut oil. Yuthachai, claims that the fuel is a good alternative to diesel. At present the fuel is being used by 60 per cent vehicles in the Thap Sakaetrict region. Earlier, there was a little difference between the prices of the coconut oil fuel and diesel. But with a recent hike in the prices of diesel, the coconut oil fuel is being favoured by many. At present, the coconut oil fuel is cheaper than diesel by us $0.09 per litre. "It gives the engines a smooth movement and does not cause pollution," claims Yuthachai. He even stated that because of the efficiency of the fuel more kilometres could be covered per litre. Yuthachai said that he has been using the fuel for his six-wheel truck, tractor and rice-milling machine. "Farmers can save up to us $6.8 per day by using the coconut oil fuel," claims Yuthachai. This fuel will serve a dual purpose, firstly it will make the environment free from pollution and secondly, it will help in boosting the coconut industry.

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