Carbon credits and cactus

The use of cacti in intensive plantations to obtain carbon credits poses a great business opportunity. 1,000 hectare crop in arid areas allows reforestation, carbon fixation and the emission of large amounts of oxygen, and is also a brake on forest fires.

The implementation requires drip irrigation and minimal maintenance. Planting densities of 25,000-35,000 plants is perfectly possible and profitable. As a second alternative, the nopal can always be used for energy through fermentation.

The annual fixation of carbon dioxide using nopal crops is 360 tons / hectares / year. At a value of 86.18 euros / ton. (July 03, 2022). We can obtain 31.025 EUROS / hectare, at a production cost of US3,000 / hectare / year. for general maintenance.

There are two alternatives to obtain carbon credits.

- The first is planting from seed, which is much easier for calculations, growth and biomass. But it takes more time.

- The second is to use existing crops. In this case, it is possible to use the thinning or pruning leaves to transform them into Biogas and sell the gas for use in industry, electricity or vehicles, calculating the dioxide that has not been emitted due to the replacement of fossil fuels. This alternative would be more compatible with existing crops and biodigestion plants can be modified to work with cacti. The energy production would be 15-20 times faster than with manure. This solution can be implemented within a period of 6 months if there are already Biogas plants with permits. In this case, the variation in crop production would not matter, but rather the replaced fuel, and this is easy to measure.

And the price keeps going up.