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Prime Minister Spearheads National Mission to Attain Edible Oil Self-Sufficiency

Prime Minister Spearheads National Mission to Attain Edible Oil Self-Sufficiency

New Delhi:  India’s dependency on imported edible oil has been a pressing concern for its economy, with significant repercussions on its foreign exchange reserves. However, a recent initiative spearheaded by the government aims to reverse this trend and bolster domestic production, signaling a significant stride towards self-sufficiency in the sector.

During his visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of India’s self-reliance in edible oil production. Highlighting the Mission Palm Oil, a special campaign focusing on the Northeast region, the Prime Minister inaugurated the first oil mill under this mission. He expressed confidence that this initiative would not only make India self-sufficient but also enhance the income of farmers, acknowledging their crucial role in fostering palm cultivation.

The National Mission for Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), launched by the Government of India in August 2021, is at the forefront of this endeavor. The mission aims to ramp up oil palm cultivation and increase Crude Palm Oil production to 11.20 lakh tonnes by 2025-26. Operating in 15 states across the country, covering a potential area of 21.75 lakh hectares, NMEO-OP has made significant strides in its implementation.

One of the key features of the mission is its comprehensive support system for farmers, including assistance in planting material, assured buyback from private players, and protection against global price volatility through viability gap payments (VGP). The government’s timely revision of the viability price of oil palm reflects its commitment to ensuring farmers’ profitability in this sector.

Moreover, NMEO-OP offers additional financial incentives to farmers, such as special assistance for planting material and management, funds for purchasing harvesting tools, and support for establishing custom hiring centers. Processing companies involved in the mission are also setting up One-Stop Centers to provide essential services to oil palm farmers, further enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of the sector.

This visionary initiative underscores the government’s dedication to promoting economic growth, empowering farmers, and building a self-reliant ecosystem for edible oil production in India. By leveraging the potential of palm cultivation and supporting farmers at every step, the NMEO-OP stands as a testament to India’s commitment to achieving self-sufficiency in this critical sector.

As India continues on its journey towards Atmanirbharta in edible oil production, initiatives like Mission Palm Oil serve as beacons of hope, promising a brighter and more sustainable future for the nation’s agriculture sector.

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