Hyderabad : Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the Centre will extend full support to the states on oil palm cultivation.
Speaking after inaugurating Business Summit on National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm organized by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India at HICC here on Tuesday, Mr Tomar said the National Mission on edible oils-oil palm was launched with an aim of increasing the domestic production and reducing imports as well as increasing the income of farmers.
He said that major investments would be made in areas such as seed availability, technical support, setting up of purchasing centers and mills.
The Minister suggested that steps be taken to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and increase the use of organic fertilizers. Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are favourable for organic farming, he said.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Kailash Chaudhary said as part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat, the Centre has taken up National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm with Rs 11,000 crore. Of them Rs 2,200 crore would be borne by states.
He said the governments of Central and state, research sectors and the farming community were working together to make the mission a success. It would also increase the income of farmers, he added.
Telangana Agriculture Minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy has asked the Centre to allow Oil palm cultivation in 30 lakh acres in the state in the next five years.
He said the state had already prepared for alternative crops.
Asking the Centre to increase the minimum guaranteed price for oil palm, Mr Reddy suggested that the permissions should be issued through a single window system.