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Telangana govt upbeat on increasing Palm oil production

4th Dec 2019

 

Telangana is the second largest producer of palm kernels in the country with a an annual production of 80,000 tonnes, even though the State could produce 1.8 lakh tonnes out of the 3 lakh tonnes of oil produced in the StateIn an effort to extend cultivation of palm oil plantations in 2.78 lakh hectare in 206 mandals of 18 more districts of the State, the government has invited a team of scientists and officers from the Central Government that will be visiting the State from December 28 for three days. Based on the suggestions, the State will embark on undertaking palm oil cultivation in the State in a big way.

 

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting held here on Wednesday to arrive at a formula to fix price of the palm oil pods based on the oil content in palm kernels for the year 2019-2020. Agriculture Secretary C Parthasarathi and Oilfed chairman Kancharla Ramakrishna Reddy participated in the meeting.

 

Telangana is the second largest producer of palm kernels in the country with a an annual production of 80,000 tonnes, even though the State could produce 1.8 lakh tonnes out of the 3 lakh tonnes of oil produced in the State. However palm cultivation is limited to 50,000 acres in the State mostly limited to Khammam, Kothagudem, Nalgonda and Suryapet districts.It is estimated that Telangana requires 6.4 lakh metric tonnes of oil considering the per capita consumption of 16 kilograms of oil by the 4 crore population of the State. The experts said that by increasing acreage by one lakh acres woule reduce import of oils to the extent of 60 per cent.

 

Source: https://telanganatoday.com/t

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