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Guwahati: Assam has taken a significant step towards achieving self-reliance in edible oil production. Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, along with Yoga Guru Ramdev, planted oil palm saplings at Saikhowaghat in Tinsukia, marking the state’s entry into edible palm oil production.
This endeavor is part of a larger plan to cultivate oil palm across 3.75 lakh hectares of land. Chief Minister Dr. Sarma highlighted the goal of revolutionizing the agro economy through oil palm cultivation. Patanjali Food Limited (PFL), a food-based company, has set a target of planting 60,300 hectares of oil palm by 2026. The government aims to promote oil palm as a supplemental crop for farmers to enhance their income.
PFL will establish oil palm plantations in seven districts: Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Jorhat, Nagaon, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), and Goalpara. The company plans to create 16 nurseries next year to ensure quality seed supply to farmers. Additionally, 12 refineries will be set up in seven districts this year, with four more planned for the following year. PFL will also establish an oil palm processing factory at Dhing and Nagaon.
Assam’s initiative aligns with the national movement to boost oil palm production. The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to Yoga Guru Ramdev for his support in this endeavor.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, along with MLAs and other dignitaries, were present at the event, emphasizing the state’s commitment to enhancing edible oil production through oil palm cultivation.