As per ICAR-Indian Institute of Oil Palm Research (IIOPR), oil palm production requires less water compared to crops like rice, banana and sugarcane for its optimum cultivation. Under the National Mission on Edible Oil-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), emphasis has been given to promote micro-irrigation and water conservation in oil palm for efficient water management and judicious use of water.
Oil Palm is not covered under the One District One Product (ODOP) scheme. The state-wise and year-wise details of crude palm oil (CPO) and the percentage share of Andhra Pradesh in the total production of CPO during the last five years is given below.
The State-wise and year-wise details of crude palm oil during the last five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21 (Quantity in metric tonnes)
|% share of AP||90.86||86.49||83.39||81.77||83.32|
This information was given by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm
In August 2021, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to launch a new mission on oil palm to be known as the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) as a new Centrally sponsored scheme with a special focus on the northeast region and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Due to the heavy dependence on imports for edible oils, it is important to make efforts for increasing the domestic production of edible oils in which increasing area and productivity of oil palm play an important part.
A financial outlay of Rs.11,040 crore has been made for the scheme, out of which Rs.8,844 crore is the Government of India share and Rs.2,196 crore is state share and this includes the viability gap funding also.