Only palm oil can help India achieve self-sufficiency in edible oil, says Ashok Gulati

Elvera Bartels

If India desires to develop as a lot edible oil as it is consuming by means of its customarily-grown oilseeds, the nation may perhaps have to have at the very least 30 million hectares of location for cultivating them and this is following impossible, stated mentioned agricultural economist Ashok Gulati on Wednesday.

India presently satisfies sixty five for each cent of its edible oil requires by means of imports. Of India’s full edible oil imports, 75 for each cent is palm oil. “Palm is the only tree that can give four tonnes oil for each hectare. In comparison, other edible oil complexes do not give even 400 kg of oil for each hectare,” stated Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Analysis on Intercontinental Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi.

Among significant classic oilseed crops grown in India are soyabean, groundnut, mustard and rapeseed and sesame. Though the

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