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Arunachal signs MoU for palm oil cultivation

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Andhra-based private firm, Sivsais Oil Palm Limited, to initiate palm oil cultivation in three districts of the state.

The state agriculture department signed the MoU with the Elluru-based firm recently to set up processing mills over 5,000 hectare in Changlang, Tirap and Lohit districts, an official statement said here on Friday.

The Palm Oil Area Expansion rogramme is a prioritized central scheme for the northeast. It is funded by the Union ministry of agriculture. As per an expert committee report, about one lakh hectare area is suitable for palm oil cultivation in Arunachal, the statement added.

Palm oil is edible and is currently imported from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The state government has accorded priority to crop diversification in order to increase the income of farmers. Palm oil cultivation is an initiative in this direction, the statement said. The MoU contains details of all the steps in palm oil cultivation, from the creation of nurseries to purchasing Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) from farmers for processing.

Similar MoUs are in the pipeline for foothill areas of other districts like Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, West Siang, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng and Papum Pare, the statement added.