Agriculture Ministry has issued detailed guidelines and strategy to be adopted for implementation of the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP).
Rs. 3507 crore have been sanctioned for NMOOP in the 12th Plan. The scheme aims at enhancing production of traditional oilseed and tree-borne oilseed. In addition, significant area is sought to be brought under oil palm.
The strategy to implement the proposed Mission includes
- increasing Seed Replacement Ratio (SRR) with focus on Varietal Replacement;
- increasing irrigation coverage under oilseeds from 26% to 36%;
- diversification of area from low yielding cereals crops to oilseeds crops; inter-cropping of oilseeds with cereals/ pulses/ sugarcane;
- use of fallow land after paddy /potato cultivation;
- expansion of cultivation of Oil Palm and tree borne oilseeds in watersheds and wastelands;
- increasing availability of quality planting material enhancing procurement of oilseeds and collection; and
- processing of tree borne oilseeds.
Inter-cropping during gestation period of oil palm and tree borne oilseeds would provide economic return to the farmers when there is no production.
The scheme would be implemented in mission mode through active involvement of all the stakeholders. The Centre and States will bear costs in the ratio of 75:25. Fund flow would be strictly monitored to ensure that benefit of the Mission reaches the targeted beneficiaries in time to achieve the results.