The scheme has a financial outlay of Rs.11,040 crore out of which Rs.8,844 crore is the share of the centre government
GN Bureau | August 18, 2021
The Union Cabinet 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). It is a new centrally sponsored scheme with a special focus on the Northeast region and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The scheme aims to benefit the oil palm farmers, increase capital investment, create employment generation, reduce the import dependence and also increase the income of the farmers. 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, says the press note.
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.
Under this scheme, it is proposed to cover an additional area of 6.5 lakh hectares for oil palm till the year 2025-26 and thereby reaching the target of 10 lakh hectares. The production of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) is expected to go up to 11.20 lakh tonnes by 2025-26 and up to 28 lakh tonnes by 2029-30.
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