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National Edible Oil Mission-Oil Palm

Posted On: 30 NOV 2021 7:44PM by PIB Delhi

During  the year 2020-21, India imported 133.5 lakh tonnes of edible oil, out of which the share of palm oil was around 56 %. The National Mission on Edible Oils - Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) has been launched with the aim to augment the availability of edible oil in the country by harnessing area expansion, increasing crude palm oil production with the aim to reduce the import burden. The salient features of NMEO-Oil palm include assistance for planting material, inputs for intercropping upto gestation period of 4 years and for maintenance, establishment of seed gardens, nurseries, micro irrigation, bore well/pumpset/water harvesting structure, vermi compost units, solar pumps, harvesting tools, custom hiring centre cum harvester Groups, farmers and officers training, and for replanting of old oil palm gardens etc.

The total approved cost of the NMEO (Oil Palm) Scheme is 11,040 crore, out of which 8844 crore is Central share and 2196 crore state share. For the year 2021-22, a total of Rs 10422.69 lakh has been approved for various state annual action plans.

The Reassessment Committee of ICAR- Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research (IIOPR) 2020 has assessed around 28 lakh hectares potential for oil palm cultivation. While assessing the potential area, ICAR-IIOPR considered all the environmental and bio diversity parameters and recommended its cultivation in selected districts and states.

Annual edible oilseeds viz; soybean, rapeseed and mustard, groundnut, sesame, sunflower, safflower and niger are also grown in the country. Potential districts for these crops have been identified on the basis of land suitability and average yield.

As per ICAR-IIOPR, oil palm requires less water compared to crops like rice, banana and sugarcane for its optimum cultivation. Under the Mission emphasis has been given to promote micro irrigation and water conservation in oil palm for efficient water management and judicious use of water.

The state-wise potential area assessed by ICAR-IIOPR in 2020 in India

 

Sl. No

State

Potential Area( ha)

No. of Districts

1

Andhra Pradesh

531379

10

2

Chhattisgarh

57149

15

3

Gujarat

62361

14

4

Goa

2000

 

5

Karnataka

72642

15

6

Odisha

34291

17

7

Tamil Nadu

95719

17

8

Telangana

436325

27

9

Kerala

43676

8

10

Bihar

123148

35

11

Madhya Pradesh

118079

29

12

Maharashtra

162210

28

13

Uttar Pradesh

48663

9

14

West Bengal

45463

11

15

Arunachal Pradesh

133811

11

16

Andaman & Nicobar

3000

NA

17

Assam

375428

10

18

Manipur

66652

6

19

Meghalaya

122637

4

20

Mizoram

66792

8

21

Nagaland

51297

6

22

Tripura

146364

4

 

Total

2799086

284

 

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha today.

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