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NMEO-OP: Cultivating Self-Sufficiency in India's Edible Oil.



  Oct 26, 2023

National Mission on Edible Oils (Palm Oil) - FAQ



What is the NMEO-OP?

NMEO-OP aims to boost edible oil production in India through expanding the area for oil palm cultivation and increasing crude palm oil (CPO) production. This will help in reducing India’s dependence on imported edible oils.

Where is it Implemented?

This mission is active in 15 states, including six northeastern states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura.

Why is Meghalaya not Participating?

Meghalaya has chosen to abstain from participating in the mission due to concerns about biodiversity and farmer opposition.

What is the Main Objective?

The primary goal is to enhance edible oil production and reduce the import burden on edible oils.

What Activities are Involved?

Activities under NMEO-OP include palm oil processing, plantation, and procurement.

What is the Expected Outcome?

The mission aims for increased domestic production of edible oils and a subsequent decrease in imports, leading to self-sufficiency.

Who is Behind the Mission?

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is spearheading this mission.

How is Biodiversity Being Addressed?

While the mission is primarily aimed at increasing oil palm plantations, there is also a focus on sustainable practices to minimize the impact on biodiversity.

What is the Response of Farmers?

While some states are embracing the mission, there has been opposition from farmers in certain regions like Meghalaya due to environmental concerns.

What is the Future Scope?

Expansion into more states is possible, provided that environmental and social concerns are adequately addressed.

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