“58 Percent of Potential oil palm acreage identified in 5 states: ICAR study”

News– Centre’s relaunched National Mission for Edible Oil-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) to expand area under oil palm, largely in southern and north-eastern parts of the country. Recently ICAR also launched report on palm oil cultivation in India.  What does ICAR study says about oil palm cultivation  ICAR analysis shows oil palm cultivation requires less water than rice, banana and sugarcane. Thus, it will be a… Continue reading “58 Percent of Potential oil palm acreage identified in 5 states: ICAR study”

Trading Orangutans for palm oil

Synopsis: Instead of implementing Oil Palm mission, the government can look to set up sanctuary for endangered animal species. Introduction One of the problematic items in economic and environmental terms in the Indian food basket is edible oil. India imports 60 per cent of its cooking oils, and more than half those imports are of… Continue reading Trading Orangutans for palm oil

Why Palm won’t fix India’s edible oil woes

Synopsis: India should focus on improving indigenous edible oil production rather than focusing on palm oil, that has many problems. What are the problems associated with oil palm crop? Reduces choices of farmers: Since, Palm is a long gestation crop, it reduces the responsiveness of farmers to changing market demand. For instance, farmers can switch… Continue reading Why Palm won’t fix India’s edible oil woes