An Olive Oil Experiment in India

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Olive oil is well known for its health properties and extensively used for cooking in the Mediterranean countries. In India, it is mainly used in massage, facials and other beauty treatments.

The use of olive oil as a cooking medium is not widely prevalent and restricted to the miniscule minority of the affluent classes who can afford the exorbitant price of the imported commodity. India ranks fourth in consumption of vegetable oil in the world and is a leading importer of this produce. Edible oil imports to the country are around 5.4 million tonnes making India third in total imports of edible oil in the global economy.

India’s Health Issues

The popularity of olive oil is growing, though again confined to the affluent middle class and it has gone up from 2300 tonnes in 2007 to 4500 tonnes in 2008. By 2012, there is a projected increase to 42,000 tonnes, which would be fueled mainly by the widespread concern about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other health problems. CVD is now the leading cause of death in India and the risk factors are also on the rise. India is now the diabetes capital of the world and CVD is also poised to be a serious health concern in the near future. The count of “hypertensive” individualsis expected to rise from 118 million in 2000 to 214 millionin 2025. CVD strikes early and kills people in their productive mid-life years. The World Health Organization estimates that India would lose US$ 237 billion due to heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the next 7 years.

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The Importance of Olive Oil

These alarming projections make the consumption of olive oil all the more important and the key focus should be on availability and price. The high price of imported olive oil makes it inaccessible to the majority of the population and local cultivation is one way to bring the prices down to an affordable level.

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and vitamin E and is claimed to have a significant effect on cholesterol. Using olive oil as a cooking medium can lower blood pressure and prevent risk of heart attacks. There are numerous other benefits of olive oil making it a vital addition in a healthy diet and India’s CVD and diabetes issues can certainly be mitigated with this heart-healthy cooking medium.

Olive Oil Cultivation

Olive oil cultivation has now spread to many new places in the world including India. It is now prevalent in Australia, Croatia and Chile. Spain continues to be the leading producer with Italy second. With the advances in technology, mechanical harvesting and other devices have reduced labor and made it more cost-efficient.

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Rajasthan

In India, Rajasthan is the location for the first experiment in olive cultivation. The company Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Ltd (ROCL) is a 3-way collaboration between the Rajasthan State Agriculture Board, Plastro Plasson of Pune and Indolive Ltd, all of which have equal shares. Plastro Plasson Industries (India) Ltd is a joint venture between Finolex Ltd of India and two Israeli companies and deals in micro-irrigation, while Indolive is an Israeli company which is partially funded by the Israeli government, which promotes techniques in agriculture.

Lior Weintraub, a spokesman for the Israel embassy has said, “A project such as this, where a new kind of tree is being introduced in a water-scarce environment, hinges on the irrigation system used. So the olive project is as much about drip irrigation as it is about transforming Rajasthan into a major olive grower. The main reason the project was considered for Rajasthan was the similarities in climate and cultivation problems in the state and Israel. However, there are major differences in soil and other factors which will have to be addressed.”

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This article was last updated November 14, 2014 - 9:04 AM (GMT-5)

  • Sanjay Sekhar Sen

    It is 2011 , hope the first lot of olive oil has been pressed and sent to the market.

  • Bindumanchanda

    would like to know who to contact for growing olives in jaisalmerregion,rajasthan ?

  • Bindumanchanda

    I am interested in knowing more about this project would like to have the email address of the organization /individual that can help me in getting information as we are  interested in growing olives in the jaisalmer region of rajasthan

  • Anonymous

     Hi,

    I am very excited about this initiative and want to congratulate to the people involved in this project. I have 36 acre land in Rajasthan 100 kilometers to Jalore district close to Gujarat border. I would be interested in growing olives. I would appreciate if you could provide me more information and guidance.

    Waiting for your reply.

    Best Regards
    Hitesh Joshi
    919920868159

  • Abhishek Savant

    I would like to know the trading opportunities in these olives?

  • Ramesh Kumar

    It is a Novel Idea of Olive Cultivation on a Large way in all Arid lands Vastly Available in India.Very Soon it could become Popular and bring Good earnings for Farmers.Malaysia is an Example for Palm Oil cultivation.
    Why Not India give Similar Priority for Quality Edible Oil.
    Government of India Should Come forward for Similar Projects in Bihar,Orissa,North East areas.

    I look forward to having Contact details of Nurseries who can Sell Saplings for a Trial Farming at Tamilnadu bordering Bangalore.

    Regards,

    Ramesh Kumar 

  • Vipulsankhla

    i am bit apprehensive about the success of olive initiative taking soil and climate difference with respect to traditional region (meditterraean nations) 

  • ajit

    how is the project faring ,have the trees started flowering

  • adhi 1221

    Hi,

    I am very excited about this initiative and want to congratulate to the people involved in this project. I have 10 acre land in karnataka in shivamogga district close . I would be interested in growing olives. I would appreciate if you could provide me more information and guidance. 

    Waiting for your reply.

    Best Regards

  • Abdul Zain Khan

    I am initiating a business plan for Olive Cultivation in India, and will be needing intakes and partners, Let me know if there are farmers and entrepreneurs who are interested. 

    Best,
    Abdul Zain Khan
    Skype- Abdul.zain.khan

  • Abdul Zain Khan

    I am initiating a business plan for Olive Cultivation in India, and will be needing intakes and partners, Let me know if there are farmers and entrepreneurs who are interested. 

    Best,
    Abdul Zain Khan
    Skype- Abdul.zain.khan

  • Rakesh

    I am a farmer in North Gujarat.I heard a lot about this project, need more details to start the cultivation of OLIVE. HELP ME TO BEGIN !!!!!

    • Jdhim206

      plz give me your full name and contact no

  • Ramkritsingh

    I am nterested to know whether some saaplings may be available to grow in Ranchi on payment

  • MilindPatil

     Government Mahrashtra should also explore possibility of growing olive oil plantation in Mahrashtra under employment guarantee scheme and also since in many regions of Mahrashtra temperature is around 45 C. Let me know the details of soil, water and other climatic requirements.

  • MilindPatil

    Govt. of Mahrashtra should explore possibility of growing olive plantation since in many region temperature is around 45C. I am agriculturists let me know the requirement of soil,water,climate,etc. 

  • P.C.YADAV

    i am a farmer from jaipur , i am intrested in your project , please send me more details

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000926670054 Dilip Sharma

    i m interested in this projest as a farmer, please provide me the cell no. for the related officer.
    Dilip sharma
      The Countryside Resort.
    pushkar
    09828211612

  • Drrameshsatpute

    i am interested in cultivation of this.i am from nashik maharastra state

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UNZIRV5O4ZJ2JMF2LDZKFPVSKE Shaleen

    i am from jaipur, interested in this project. here temperature is 3 – 44 degree C over the year .

  • Srinathgulbarga

    great.i am ex-gulf employee,having enjoyed taste of olive oil.i am so glad it is being grown in india.i shall also try to grow in my farm here in karnataka.i am engineer cum horticulturist.i want to help my co farmers.any person/company/organisation interested to start olive project in karnataka state(northern part)is warmly welcome. Goodluck to all involved.

  • S P Nanda

    It is a Novel Idea of Olive Cultivation on a Large way in all Arid lands Vastly Available in India.Very Soon it could become Popular and bring Good earnings for Farmers.Malaysia is an Example for Palm Oil cultivation.
    Why Not India give Similar Priority for Quality Edible Oil.
    Government of India Should Come forward for Similar Projects in orissa,india