Brain Storming Discussion on Strategies for Increasing Production of Oilseeds/Vegetable Oils

Hyderabad, 7-8, August 2010

A brain storming discussion on “Strategies for Increasing Production of Oilseeds/ Vegetable Oils” was held on 7-8, August 2010 at the Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad, under the guidance of Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR and Dr. M.V. Rao, former Special DG, ICAR & VC, ANGRAU. The meeting was attended by the Dy. Director General (CS), Dy. Director General (Education) and Dy. Director General (Ag. Extn.) of ICAR; Directors of ICAR Institutes concerned with Oilseed crops including Rice, Maize, Cotton, Coconut and Oil Palm, CIPHET, Ludhiana, CIAE, Bhopal; Project Coordinators of Sesame & Niger, Linseed and AICRP Dryland Project; and the representative from rice bran industry, SEA, COOIT and seed industry.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. S. Ayyappan, DG, ICAR expressed his anguish and deep concern on continuous increase in import of vegetable oils in recent years and desired to prepare a time bound action plan enlisting all the factors associated with oilseeds production in the country. Dr. M.V.Rao, Former Special DG, ICAR & VC, ANGRAU, in his remarks reminded the participants about how India became self-sufficient in oilseeds production in Technology Mission on Oilseeds period. Each of the participants during their presentation, highlighted the present status, major constraints and outlined the strategies for increasing the production of oilseeds/vegetable oils.

The two days long deliberations has resulted in the identification of major constraints/issues on which the detailed time bound action plan is required to be formulated to increase the production of oilseeds/vegetable oils. Some of the major action points are as follows:

  • Timely availability of sufficient quantity of quality seeds of latest varieties/hybrids by strengthening seed chain.
  • Replacing the old varieties/hybrids with the latest ones in the seed chain.
  • Transfer of improved technologies from the research institutes to the farmers through the extension departments to bridge the huge yield gap.
  • Effective market intervention for remunerative prices to oilseeds.
  • Popularization and extension of oil palm cultivation.
  • Increased awareness about the nutritive value of rice bran oil, cotton seed oil and corn oil and encouragement of their usage. 
  • Mechanization of oilseeds farming.
  • Rationalization of import duty on edible oils so that there is adequate incentive to domestic oilseed farmers.
  • Production of value added products more particularly from rice bran oil and soybean.
  • Modernization of oil milling sector in production catchment for high oil recovery and better quality cake.

In addition, many policy changes required for the oilseeds/vegetable oils sector including oil palm were also discussed.

(Source: Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad)