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Volatility in Edible Oil Economy

The per capita consumption of edible oils in India has increased multifold during the last six decades, buoyed by the increase in population, incomes, and preference for processed foods. The impact of the Technology Mission on Oilseeds launched in 1986 to increase production was short-lived as competitive imports increasingly served domestic requirements post-liberalisation. In the absence of a stable domestic policy, the oilseeds/edible oils sector was excessively dependent on international factors. The disruption of global supply chains due to the pandemic followed by the Russia–Ukraine war exposed the sector’s vulnerabilities, highlighting the need for self-sufficiency in edible oils. The analysis of price volatility in the sector reveals the challenges and policies required for achieving such self-reliance.

Co-operative Dairying in Maharashtra-Lessons to be Learned

Though milk production in Maharashtra over last decade has increased by leaps and bounds, only 25 per cent of the milk co-operatives are economically viable in the state. Differential price structure and mismanagement of co-operatives has led to poor procurement of milk resulting in vast regional imbalances in terms of milk production. For the smooth functioning of the milk co-operatives, it is not enough to give remunerative prices to the producers, but the co-operatives themselves should take over the onerous task of ensuring necessary inputs so as to improve productivity and overall genetic stock of milch animals.

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