Amid the ban on the export of palm oil by Indonesia; the government has assured us that the country has enough stock of edible oils. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has said that the present stock of all edible oils in the country is around 21 LMT (lakh metric tonne). Another 12 LMT is in transit, arriving in May 2022 in the country. On the oilseeds front, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare second advance estimate. It was released in February 2022 and shows a positive picture of soybean production for the year 20221-22 at 126.10 LMT, which is higher than last year’s production of 112 LMT.
As a result of the higher sowing of Mustard seeds by 37 percent in all major producing states. Including Rajasthan in comparison with last year, the production may rise to 114 LMT in the 2021-22 season. The Department of Food and Public Distribution is monitoring the price and availability situation. And meetings are held regularly with major edible oil processing associations. The Department is discussing a further reduction in the domestic edible oil prices to give relief to consumers.
According to the ministry, palm oil constitutes roughly around 62 percent of the total edible oils imported.
According to the ministry, palm oil constitutes roughly around 62 percent of the total edible oils imported. And are imported mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia. Soybean oil (22 percent) is imported from Argentina and Brazil and Sunflower oil (15 percent) is imported mainly from Ukraine and Russia. Currently, international prices of edible oils are under pressure due to a shortfall in global production. And an increase in export tax or levies by the exporting countries. India is one of the largest producers of oilseeds in the world and this sector occupies an important position in the agricultural economy. Accounting for the estimated production of 37.14 million tons of nine cultivated oilseeds during the year 2021-22. As per the second advance estimate released by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare