Tomar : Telangana an emerging leader in oil palm production

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Hyderabad, Dec 28 : Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that he sees Telangana as an emerging leader in oil palm production.

Speaking after inaugurating the Business Summit on National mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm held at HICC in Madhapur here on Tuesday, Mr Tomar said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government wants to make India self-reliant in the field of palm oil.

“Currently about 3 lakh hectares of land is under palm oil cultivation while studies have shown that about 28 lakh hectares of land is suitable for the oil palm cultivation in the country.

It is our mission to bring 28 lakh hectares of land under cultivation to make India as Aatmanirbhar Bharat in edible oil”, he said.

Appreciating the efforts made by the Government of Telangana to increase palm oil production, Mr Tomar said that he sees Telangana as an emerging leader in oil palm production.

Talking about the scope of natural farming in the state, he called upon the Government to adopt and promote natural farming to reduce the production cost without hampering production.

The Minister expressed happiness at the progress made under the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm since the first Business Summit held at Guwahati in Assam.

The Centre had signed an MoU with nine state governments for Viability Gap Payment, finalized revised Annual Action Plans (AAPs) of 11 states incorporating new provisions of Mission and organized National Workshop on Oil Palm in Arunachal Pradesh as sub-theme of Crop Diversification Programme.

AAPs of 11 eleven states worth Rs 106.90 crore were approved for area expansion in 6563 hectares , replanting 3058 hectares maintenance and intercropping in 25197 hectares of existing and new oil palm orchards and drip irrigation facility in 1569 hectares of palm orchards.

Four Processing Mills will be established in North eastern states with subsidy from the Mission. In addition, 3 seed gardens and 39 nurseries will be created for increasing availability of seed sprouts and seedlings.

Vermicompost sheds (360 nos) for production of quality organic manure and custom hiring centres (18 nos) for renting garden tools will also be made operational in the current year. Further, a meeting was held with Indian Ambassadors of major oil palm sprouts exporting countries to ensure uninterrupted supply of quality planting materials in large quantities, he said.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Kailash Choudhary said “at present, we have to import edible oil.

Today’s business summit will prove to be important to find a solution to this import.”

Expressing his confidence in Mission, he said that with the help of scientists’ research, farmers’ hard work and the government’s support, this mission will achieve its target and will make a significant contribution in making India self-reliant.

In order to boost the edible oils’ production, remunerative prices, assured procurement of oilseed crops is being carried out by the Government, he added.

Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar expressed hope that the state would emerge as the largest oil-palm producing area in the country in the next 3-4 years.

He outlined the state initiatives in this regard saying that Telangana has notified 26 districts for oil palm cultivation and 11 oil processors are operating in the state.

The target of 5 lakh hectares’ plantation have been set for the financial year 2022-23, he said that Indent has been placed for 324 lakh seed sprouts and 1045 hectare’s land have been procured for seed nursery and 23 nurseries have been established.

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