India has an edible oil problem, but palm oil won't fix it
- Amid soaring cooking oil prices, India has a new plan to grow oil palm locally. Is the solution worse than the problem?
- India plans to add about 2.5 million tonnes of home grown crude palm oil by 2030. Its ₹11,000-cr national mission on oil palm focuses on north-east and Andaman and Nicobar Islands
M V. Ramoji Rao is a seasoned dentist and a busy one too. It’s not easy to serve as the principal of a dental college while also managing a 20-acre farm in the fertile Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. So, a decade ago, when Rao was introduced to oil palm—a perennial plantation crop that can be managed remotely—he took the plunge. It turned out to be a wise decision financially.