“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

Chief Ministers Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare

What is the News? The Union Agriculture Minister has addressed the Chief Minister’s Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare. The objective of the Conference To highlight the salient features of Atma Nirbhar Krishi and to enable States to enhance farmers income. It was also an occasion to share innovative initiatives undertaken by the… Continue reading Chief Ministers Conference on initiatives and schemes for farmers welfare

No realistic plan of reducing import dependence in edible oils is possible without recognising the role of oil palm

Source: Indian express What is the news? Recently, the Government of India launched National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm. The scheme aims at increasing the total area under oil palm from the current 3.5 lakh hectares (lh) to 10 lh by 2025-26. Must read: Cabinet approves implementation of National Mission on Edible Oils- Oil Palm… Continue reading No realistic plan of reducing import dependence in edible oils is possible without recognising the role of oil palm

The dangers of India’s palm oil push

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Issues associated with Palm oil cultivation Synopsis: The recent push by Government of India to promote production of palm oil in Northeast and Andaman Nicobar islands has raised various concerns. A brief look. Context On August 15th, 2021, PM announced a support of Rs 11,000 crore to incentivize oil palm production.… Continue reading The dangers of India’s palm oil push

Explore unconventional sources of edible oil

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Analysis of New Edible Oil mission Synopsis: The new edible oil mission launched by Central government offers both advantages and some issues. A brief look. Context In the backdrop of previous failed attempts to increase domestic oil seeds production, the government has recently set up Rs.11000 crore New Edible Oil Mission.… Continue reading Explore unconventional sources of edible oil

Why attempts to boost oil palm farming may work?

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Analysis of  National Mission on Edible Oils Synopsis: In light of the recently announced scheme to boost production of palm oil in India, a brief look at previous such attempts, their impact and the overall issues involved with palm oil cultivation. Context In order to boost domestic production of palm oil… Continue reading Why attempts to boost oil palm farming may work?

Cabinet approves implementation of National Mission on Edible Oils Oil Palm

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Cabinet has given its approval to launch a new Mission on Oil palm, to be known as the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP). About National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP): NMEO-OP is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme that aims to boost… Continue reading Cabinet approves implementation of National Mission on Edible Oils Oil Palm

Palm oil and environmental, social challenges in India: The road ahead

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: importance of palm oil for India Synopsis: Oil palm is a valuable economic crop and a source of employment across developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Importance of palm oil and various challenges associated with its production. A brief look. Context Oil palm is a valuable economic crop… Continue reading Palm oil and environmental, social challenges in India: The road ahead