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Oil Seeds production goes through various stages, from seed selection to post-harvest.
India is one of the
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Indian oilseeds growers and importers are among the world's top producers. Following the USA, China, and Brazil, India has the fourth largest vegetable oil economy in the world. In addition to occupying 13 percent of the total cropped area, the oilseed accounts for 3 percent of the Gross National Product and 10% of all agricultural commodities. In the past decade (1999-2009), this sector has experienced annual growth rates of area, production, and yield of 2.44%, 5.47%, and 2.96%, respectively.
The diverse agro-ecological conditions within the country are favourable for growing 9 annual oilseed crops, which include 7 edible oilseeds (groundnut, rapeseed & mustard, soybean, sunflower, sesame, safflower and niger) and two non-edible oilseeds (castor and linseed). and two non-edible oilseeds (castor and linseed).A total of 27 million hectares are devoted to oilseed cultivation across the country, mainly on marginal lands, 72% of which are rain-fed.
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In the last few years, domestic consumption of edible oils has grown substantially and has reached 18.90 million tonnes in 2011-12. For a projected population of 1276 million, the per capita consumption of vegetable oils is 16 kilograms/year/person, so the total demand for vegetable oils is likely to reach 20.4 million tons by 2017.
Indonesia and Malaysia provide a substantial portion of our edible oil requirements in the form of palm oil.
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In order to ensure the security of edible oil for the country, it is necessary to maximize production of domestic resources. Compared to other crops in India, Oil Palm is the highest yielding perennial vegetable oil crop. In five years, fresh fruit bundles (FFBs) can produce 20-30 MT of fresh fruit if quality planting materials, irrigation, and proper management is employed. To increase palm oil production in the country, it is urgent to intensify efforts for area expansion under oil palms.
The tree borne oilseeds (TBOS) such as sal, mawa, simarouba, kokum, olive, jojoba, cheura, wild apricot and walnut are the main constituents of TBS are grown in various climatic conditions in forests as well as in non-forest areas such as wastelands, deserts, and hills. The cultivation of TBOs is also important for obtaining vegetable oils, so they must be encouraged.
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