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Environment Current Affairs November 3rd Week 2019

Government add 6 states selected to promote pulses and oilseeds cultivation:

The Government is to implement the National Food Security Mission (NFSM)–Oilseeds and Oil Palm (OS&OP) in six more States, namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has been included to bring additional area and production of pulses and oilseeds.


The Centre aims to increase the production of oilseeds and the domestic availability of edible oils. The also aims to expand the area under oil palm and TBOs cultivation. 


♦ Currently, the implementation of NFSM–(OS&OP) is being done in 29 States. It has three subcomponents, namely, Oilseeds, Oil palm, and Tree Borne Oilseeds (TBOs). 

♦ The oilseeds production, which was 27.72 million tonnes in 2008-09, has been increased to 32.26 million tonnes in 2018-19. During the same period, productivity also increased from 1006 to 1265 kg/ha. 

♦ The edible oil production, which was 6.34 million tonnes in 2008-09, increased to 10.44 million tonnes in 2018-19. 

♦ The government has covered an area of 3.30 lakh ha under oil palm up to 2018-19.

♦ To reduce import dependency, the government is promoting pulses and oilseeds cultivation majorly in the six eastern states, namely Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and West Bengal, since 2016-17.


Environment Current Affairs November 3rd Week 2019

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