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SEA Seeks Announcement of National Mission on Edible oils, Oilseed Development Cell on Imported Oils

24 Sep 2020 8:44 pm
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Indore Commodities Control - The Solvent Extractors Association of India has called for an immediate announcement and implementation of the National Mission on Edible Oils and an Oilseed Development Cess of Rs 2500-Rs 3000 per ton on imported edible oils to bring down burgeoning import bills on edible oils and make India self reliant on edible oils.

While addressing a session on `Challenges of soybean industries’ on the second day of the National Oilseeds Brainstorming Meet organized by the ICAR, Institute of Soybean Research Institute Indore, the SEA Executive Director, Dr B. V. Mehta suggested an action plan for rising oilseeds production and productivity and policy changes.

While giving an extensive overview on growth and development of the oil extractions and vegetable oil industry in India, he provided the data about the availability of local and imported edible oils, consumption and future scenario and suggested some action plan for the increasing edible oil production in the country through announcement of the National Mission of Edible Oils, shifting acreage from cereals to oilseed crop and introduction of GM crops for higher productivity.

Laying emphasis on the hike in oilseeds production in the country, Dr Mehta said that oilseeds production requirements of the country will rise from 30 million tons currently to 54 million tons by 2025. To achieve this target, he called for shifting acreage from grains to rape-mustard in Punjab and Haryana. He said even if 50% of 60 lakh hectares of land in Punjab and Haryana are made available for mustard seeds sowing, by 2025, India would have a whopping 25 lakh tons of additional oil.

Dr Shelly Praveen, Head Division of Biochemistry, IARI, and New Delhi gave an extensive overview about various products of oilseeds and their role in strengthening the economic and industrial benefits to farmers. She emphasized possibilities of targeting secondary sources by developing oil blends.

Dr GVS Sai Prasad, Principal Scientist at ITC Life Sciences and Technology discussed post harvest food processing of oil seeds. He stressed the increased utilization of processed food products to increase nutritional security. Dr Dinesh Bhosle, Regional Sales Director, South Asia, AB Vista spoke on the use of oil seed meal in the animal feed industry.

Noted industrialist Girish Matlani emphasized on the policy changes required to increase Soybean oil production and processing. Government should support the export of non GM soybean meals.

Commodities Control Bureau

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