ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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HALDIA FERTILISERS-Making a Scapegoat of Indian Technology

tender allowing the price differential between refined oil and vanaspati to be determined entirely by consumer preferences. The need for stepping up the domestic supply of edible oils can scarcely be overemphasised. However, since hardly 11 per cent of the area under oilseeds is irrigated and oilseeds are grown mainly on marginal lands, it would be wishful to expect any spectacular increased in production unless there is a breakthrough in dry farming which is still not in sight. The government must therefore pay utmost attention to the fuller exploitation of the already available oil-bearing resources. Despite the recent emphasis of exploiting this potential, there remains a wide gap of 1.3 to 1.7 million tonnes between actual production of oil and the potential reckoned on the basis of available supply of non-conventional oilseeds and expeller cakes for solvent extraction. Incentives should be linked to increase in production rather than to the increased usage of minor and non-conventional oils by the vanaspati industry.

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