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India denies imposing restriction on Malaysian palm oil

International   |   Glibs Quick   |   Feb 07, 2020, 17:21 PM

Directorate General of Foreign Trade has issued a Notification No. 39/2015-2020 dated8 th January 2020 amending the import policy of Refined Palm Oil (HS 15119010), Refined Palmolein (HS 15119020) and Other (HS 15119090) from ‘Free’ to ‘Restricted’. This notificationis applicable on import from all countries.At present, there is no proposal to impose a restriction on import of any item from Malaysia.

Country needs 25 million tonnes of edible oils to meet its requirement at current consumption level of 19 kg per person per year. Out of the total requirement, 10.50 million tonnes is produced domestically from primary (Soybean, Rapeseed & Mustard, Groundnut, Sunflower, Safflower & Niger) and secondary sources (Oil palm, Coconut, Rice Bran, Cotton seeds & Tree Borne Oilseeds) and remaining 60%, is met through import. The oilseed production of the country has been growing impressively. Despite this, there exists a gap between the demand and supply of oilseeds, which has necessitated sizeable quantities of imports.

The major challenges in oilseed production is largely rain-fed conditions (70% area), high seed cost (Groundnut and Soybean), small holding with limited resources, low seed replacement rate and low productivity.

To increase domestic availability and reduce import dependency, a National Mission on Edible Oils (NMEO) is proposed for next five years (2020-21 to 2024-25). NMEO covering three Sub-Missions to increase production of oilseeds and edible oils from (i) Primary Sources (Annual Crops, Plantation Crops and Edible TBOs), (ii) Secondary Sources (Rice bran oil and Cotton seed oil) and (iii) Consumer Awareness for maintaining edible oil consumption constant at 19.00 kg per person per annum. The proposed mission will aim to increase production from 30.88 to 47.80 million tonnes of oilseeds which will produce 7.00 to 11.00 million tonnes of edible oils from Primary Sources by 2024-25. Similarly edible oils from secondary sources will be doubled from 3.50 to 7.00 million tonnes.

The following action point will be initiated for increasing production and productivity of oilseeds and promotion of Secondary Sources of Edible oils:

 

Increasing seed replacement rate and varietal replacement rate

Promotion of oilseed in rice fallow/ potato areas

Promotion of oilseeds through intercropping

Extending oilseed cultivation in nontraditional area

Targeting 100 low productivity districts

Crop diversification in different reasons

Promotion of community based oil extraction unit

Value addition and promotion of export

Promotion of rice bran and cotton seed oil

Consumer awareness for judicious consumption of oils for good health

 

The above strategies will deliberate the following output by the end of 2024-25:

 

Oilseed production will be increased from 30.88 to 47.80 million tonnes

Productivity will be increase from 1263 to 1587 kg per ha

Reduction in import dependence from 60% to 45%

Edible oil production will be 18.00 million tonne from 10.50 million tonnes.

 

This information was given by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, in written replies in the Rajya Sabha today.

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