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The overall import of vegetable oils during November 2011 to August 2012 is reported at 8,162,545 tons compared to 6,860,843 tons which is up by 18.97%. Import of vegetable oils (edible & non-edible) during first ..

08 Oct 2012

NEW DELHI(Commodity Online): India Government has announced this year's subsidy rates for pulses and edible oils as there are prospects for a fall in the production that may in turn fail to cater to demand signals. India's subsidy for pulses this year would be Rs 20 a kg and for edible oils, Rs 15 a litre, acccording to K.V. Thomas, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

The ministry is “slightly worried” about the pulses and edible oil production situation in the country. Even internationally, availability is slightly low he added. States would also be allowed to import pulses and edible oils for distribution which will be subsidised by the Central Government.

Import scenario

India’s edible oil imports are likely to touch the 10 million tons (mt) mark in marketing year (MY) 2011-12, which runs from November 2011 to October 2012. Edible oil imports during the 10 month period from November 2011 to August 2012 rose by 20.7% to 7.98 mt.

The overall import of vegetable oils during November 2011 to August 2012 is reported at 8,162,545 tons compared to 6,860,843 tons which is up by 18.97%. Import of vegetable oils (edible & non-edible) during first ten months of current oil year indicates 18.97% increase according to Solvent Extractors Association.

Production scenario

According to the Fourth advance estimates, India's pulses output is pegged at 17.21 mn tn in 2011-12 compared with 18.24 mn tn produced in the year 2010-11.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture 99.81 lakh hectare area has been planted under Kharif pulses as on 21th September, 2012 compared to 108.28 lakh hectare (ha) same period last year.

Assocham estimates 21 mn tn of pulses demand in 2012-13 which is likely to reach 21.42 mn tons in 2013-14 and 21.91 mn tons in 2014-15.


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