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Guwahati: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has expressed worry regarding the introduction of palm oil cultivation in Assam. In a press release, Dr. Bhaben Choudhury, President of AAP Assam, voiced apprehension about the adverse effects of palm cultivation on the environment. He questioned the Central Government’s decision to introduce it in the northeastern region of India despite its ban in countries like Indonesia and European nations due to its environmental impact.
Referring to recent scientific studies, he highlighted that a palm oil tree requires 300 litres of water per day, depleting groundwater and rendering the surrounding soil unsuitable for other types of farming. This could lead to severe drought conditions in the future, further lowering the water table.
AAP Assam has demanded that any research or reports conducted by the government regarding this issue be made public. It is noteworthy that the Central Government has undertaken a plan to promote palm oil cultivation in 17 districts of Assam. Patanjali company has initiated this cultivation in Sadiya. While concerns about the negative environmental impact of palm oil cultivation have been reported. The Aam Aadmi Party has called on the BJP Government to provide answers and inform the public about the potential environmental consequences of palm cultivation.