The Oil Palm Development Programmes are being implementing in Andhra Pradesh since 1992 under various Centrally sponsored Plan Schemes.
This programme will be implemented on 60 : 40 ( Central share : State Share) basis with an need to intensify efforts for area expansion under Oilpalm to enhance palm Oil production in the Country
The mission aims to achieve 20-30 MT Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFBs) per Ha with quality planting materials, irrigation and proper management after attaining age of 5 years
Oil Palm is the highest yielding crop compared to all vegetable oil seed crops which can yield up to 20-25 MTs FFBs and in turn to 4-5 MTs of Palm Oil and 0.4-0.5 MT Palm Kernel Oil (PKO). Palm oil constitutes about 80% of total edible Oil import, and hence Oil palm is identified as one of the potential crop which significantly contribute to increase in edible Oils production in the Country.
Andhra Pradesh stands 1st in Area and Production of Oil Palm in the Country with an area of 1.62 lakh ha and 14.09 Lakh MT of FFBs (1.14 lakh Farmers) with an average productivity of 19.81 Tons per ha from the bearing plantations.
229 mandals were identified across the State in 9 districts i.e., Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Nellore, Ananthapur and Chittoo..r
Oil Palm programme is being taking in the state, duly allotting the oil Palm factory zones to the Oil Processing units. The factories also have to procure Oil Palm Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFBs) from the Oil Palm farmers and also to pay the price as fixed by the Government adhering to the Oil Palm Act 1993 and AP Oil Palm (Regulation of Production and Processing) Rules 2008.
NFSM-Oil Palm activities
1). Subsidy @ 85% is being provided on Plant Material under Oil Palm Area Expansion Programme.
2). 50% assistance is being provided to the beneficiaries for the components like Maintenance, Inter cropping, Borewell & Pump set, Vermi Compost units and Machinery and tools.
3). 100% assistance is being provided for Capacity Building / Farmers Trainings
Dr. S.S. SREEDHAR, IFS
Commissioner of Horticulture
Dr. G. ANDAL
Assist. Director of Horticulture