July 14, 2024


Imagination at work

Shift wheat acreage in Punjab, Haryana to oilseeds: SEA

The Solvent Extractors’ Affiliation of India (SEA) has proposed to the Centre to shift the acreage from grains to oilseed crops in the States these kinds of as Punjab and Haryana.

In its ‘Pre-spending plan memorandum for vegetable oils and oilseed sector for 2022-23’, SEA stated that MSP-pushed (bare minimum assist cost) creation of wheat and rice in Punjab and Haryana has certainly certain a ready sector and great returns to the farmer. On the other hand, it has developed massive anomalies and imbalance by way of massive oversupply vis-à-vis demand.

Stating that mountains of wheat and rice are tough the storage infrastructure, BV Mehta, Executive Director of SEA of India, stated, “It is totally required to divert some land in Punjab/Haryana from wheat/rice cycle to soya-sunflower-maize in kharif period and to rapeseed in rabi period.”

Rape-mustard is a rabi crop, and its encouragement would signify reduce wheat acreage. It is a gain-gain predicament to reduce the source of wheat and boost the source of higher oil-bearing mustard, he stated, adding, this would support curtail the depleting floor-water and straw burning.

About sixty lakh hectares of land is earmarked for wheat cultivation in between Punjab and Haryana. “Assuming we are capable to shift fifty for each cent of the obtainable land to mustard in the following two-3 years, through much better incentives for shifting, the further obtainable crop would be sixty lakh tonnes (lt) of rape-mustard, which interprets to a whopping 25 lt of further oil,” he stated.


Congratulating the govt for asserting the allocation of ₹11,000 crore for NMEO-OP (Countrywide Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm), the memorandum sought the inclusion of mustard, groundnut, soyabean in NMEO with an allocation of at least ₹5,000 crore for each annum. This will support narrow the hole in between domestic demand and creation of edible vegetable oils.

Uniform import duty

Trying to get uniform duty for the import of crude edible oils, the pre-spending plan memorandum stated the powerful duty (together with agri cess and social welfare cess) on crude palm oil (CPO) is 8.25 for each cent, and on crude sunflower oil and crude soyabean oil is 5.5 for each cent.

India is importing CPO, crude soya oil, crude sunflower oil and crude rapeseed oil to bridge the hole in between demand and source. There is a good lack of rapeseed-mustard oil in the region foremost to sky rocketing of its selling prices beyond the arrive at of the lousy.

The memorandum proposed that powerful import duty on crude rapeseed oil be introduced in line with other crude edible oils at 5.5 for each cent which will increase the all round source of rape-mustard oil and great down its sector selling prices.

SEA appealed to the govt to not extend the day for import of RBD palmolein under ‘Free’ group beyond December 31, and urged the govt to spot it under ‘Restricted’ group. All other refined edible oils ought to be put under ‘Restricted’ group so that domestic refining potential is much better used, it stated.

GM oilseed

Batting for the introduction of GM (genetically modified) oilseed crops, the pre-spending plan memorandum stated this could also be one of the techniques to boost creation in the region, as the productiveness can be lifted by 15-twenty for each cent. Indigenous GM mustard is previously formulated under oilseeds group, and this have to be introduced at the earliest, it stated.

Highlighting the need to boost the use of non-classic resources of oil, the memorandum stated the an economic-weather ought to be developed for exploring comprehensive likely of numerous non-classic resources of edible oils to increase the domestic edible oil availability.

Checking out comprehensive likely of rice bran oil, cottonseed oil, maize oil and other slight oils could insert virtually a one million tonnes to the edible oil pool in the following 5 years.

The memorandum stated the rice bran oil (latest creation is at 10 lt) could be amplified by three lt cottonseed oil (12 lt) by three lt maize-corn oil (1.three lt) by .5 lt, and tree-borne oilseeds and other individuals (.5 lt) could be amplified by two.5 lt with these kinds of a go.

Trying to get private participation in oilseeds extension programme, the memorandum urged the govt to grant greater weighted cash flow tax deduction of two hundred for each cent to corporations undertaking oilseeds extension programme. This will nutritional supplement government’s attempts and will go a long way in expanding oilseeds creation and productiveness in the region.