Northeast to turn oil palm hub of Bharat: Narendra Singh Tomar

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Guwahati: The BJP led Union government in New Delhi is planning to make major interventions in north-eastern States for oil palm
promotion which will finally turn the region into the oil palm hub of Bharat. The new found initiative would change the socio-economic
status of the farmers in the region with opening up of employment opportunities, commented Union agriculture & farmers welfare minister
Narendra Singh Tomar. Addressing a business summit titled ‘National Mission on Edible Oils –
Oil Palm Business Summit for NE States’ in the city on Tuesday, Tomar emphasized on playing an equal role for development of the crop and
assured to make major investments for seed nursery, drip irrigation, technical back up, setting of mills, training of farmers, etc. He also
informed that the summit was aimed to explore the target of area expansion, seedling requirement fixed for different States through
processors, necessary interventions & assistances under the mission. In presence of DoNER minister G Kishan Reddy and his deputy BL
Verma, Union MoS for agriculture & farmers welfare Kailash Choudhary and Sushri Sobha Karandlaje with many other dignitaries, Tomar
revealed that the specific mission with a total outlay of rupees 11040 crore will bring additional area of 6.5 lakh hectors under oil
palm plantation with 3.28 lakh hectors in the region and 3.22 in the mainland India within the next five years. He stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led central government is committed to protect the oil palm farmers through the price assurance. Expressing satisfaction over the huge turnout for the summit, the
Union minister expected that this type of exchange of ideas helps to speed up the implementation of NMEO-Oil Palm. Tomar reassured that
under the mission, oil palm farmers will be provided all necessary assistances. Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu stated that it was time
for investors to come and invest in the region to develop the agriculture sector, taking advantage of fertile lands and the
favourable climate. Palm oil holds special significance as its cultivation can open up untapped avenues of earning for farmers in the
region, he added. Assam agriculture minister Atul Bora informed that presently farmers in two districts of Assam namely Goalpara and Kamrup have been
engaged in oil palm cultivation while there is a plan of bringing 1500 hector of lands in another 17 districts under the palm oil
cultivation. Sikkim agriculture minister Loknath Sharma, Assam chief secretary Jishnu Barua, Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Naresh Kumar, various
other officials of State governments, central agriculture ministry, NITI Ayog, ICAR institutions, SBI and Indian Tea Association, leading
processors from oil palm industry, progressive farmers and potential investors were also present in the summit.

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