Srinagar: The Government of India is considering cultivation of olive to fill oilseed deficit India is facing and bring down its imports.
This was stated by Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, MoS of Agriculture GoI during inauguration of Two day Workshop on Olive Research and Development in India Oilseeds Division, DAC&FW and ICAR-CITH, Srinagar.
The minister said that that olive oil consumption in the country has increased almost fivefold.
He said that North East and North western Indian Himalayan states including the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India are having a great potential to grow this crop that will ultimately enhance the livelihood security of farmers in the region.
He said that India faces acute deficit in the production and productivity of oilseeds with only 22 percent local production and rest imported.
“Olive as an oilseed crop has a tremendous potential to fill this gap as during last few years olive oil consumption in the country has increased almost fivefold,” he said.
The objective of the workshop is to impart awareness to different stakeholders including farmers about this crop. Information about the prospects of this crop in the region, different technologies available to enhance the productivity and production will be deliberated upon during the workshop.
The Minister also stressed on the need for taking Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme seriously by the scientists in transforming technologies from lab to the farmers.
Hundreds of farmers all over Kashmir and delegates from all over India are attending the workshop.
The programe was attenmded by Sunil Kumar Sharma, MoS Agriculture Production Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir and Prof. Nazeer Ahmad Vice Chancellor SKUAST (K).