Hyderabad-based 3F Oil Palm, a leading palm oil company in India, today announced that it would invest INR 250 crore for setting up an integrated Oil Palm factory in Arunachal Pradesh. The factory ground-breaking ceremony will take place on September 30, 2022 at Roing in lower Dibang valley. The company had already acquired 120 acres of land for the project in the month of February. All necessary approvals and statutory clearances pertaining to the land were also obtained. The integrated Oil palm project will consist of a state-of-the-art Oil palm factory (Palm Oil Processing and Refinery), a zero discharge effluent plant, a power plant based on palm waste, and other buildings and godowns for support functions.
The addition of this factory will supplement the existing company operations that include nursery, area expansion, crop maintenance, FFB harvesting and collection and other ancillary farmer services. The factory is set to be developed in two phases and phase-1 is expected to be commissioned by September 2023. Phase-1 of the project is expected to generate local employment for over 300 people.
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3F Oil Palm is a front runner and pioneer in the Oil Palm Development programme in Arunachal Pradesh with total Oil Palm area under planting of around 2,000 hectares spread across a farmer base of 500 farmers. All the area under Oil Palm is linked to satellite with 100 per cent traceability. The company is the first in the state to import high-quality hybrid variety imported seed sprouts from selected identified countries, for the benefit of the farmers. The company is also the first to be allotted a fertiliser distribution license for timely and cost-effective supply of fertilisers to the farmers. Both of these initiatives are expected to significantly increase farmer yields and promote ease of planting. With all of these firsts and the additional traction created by the Oil Palm factory, the company is expected to add 5000 hectares per year over the next five years.
Speaking on the development, Sanjay Goenka, MD & CEO, 3F Oil Palm said, “We are very delighted and excited about our upcoming integrated Oil Palm factory in Arunachal Pradesh. Since the plantations are at a nascent stage, our factory will be running at extremely low capacity utilisation. The primary reason for expediting this investment is to build farmer confidence so that they are encouraged to take up Oil Palm cultivation at a large scale.”
3F Oil Palm has a strong presence with contract plantations and factories in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat and has a strong growth plan for the northeastern region – Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
(The story is based on a press statement made by 3F Oil Palm.)