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Industry expects bumper oilseeds crop in kharif 2011-12

Edible oil industry body SEA expects bumper oilseeds production in the kharif season of the 2011-12 crop year, like last year, on the back of higher acreage under cultivation.

August 25, 2011 / 04:27 PM IST

Edible oil industry body Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) expects bumper oilseeds production in the kharif season of the 2011-12 crop year, like last year, on the back of higher acreage under cultivation.


India produced a record 31.1 million tonne of oilseeds in the 2010-11 crop year (July-June), out of which 20.84 million tonne of output was achieved in the kharif season.


The overall area under oilseeds has increased to 168.8 lakh hectares so far in the current kharif season, compared to 164.5 lakh hectares last year, Solvent Extractors' Association of India President Sushil Goenka said in a letter to its members.


"The overall crop is shaping well and we hope to have a good crop similar to that of last year," he said. There has been a substantial increase in the area under soyabean, sesame and castor, but the area under groundnut and sunflower has reduced significantly, Goenka said.

The country imported over nine million tonne of vegetable oils in the 2009-10 oil year (November-October) to meet domestic demand.

first published: Aug 25, 2011 04:24 pm

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