Commercial Olive Cultivation Begins in India

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By Vikas Vij
Olive Oil Times Contributor | Reporting from Delhi

Commercial Olive Cultivation Begins in India | Olive Oil TimesFollowing the success of India’s first pilot project for olive cultivation in Rajasthan four years ago, the commercial cultivation of olives is all set to begin in this desert state of India. The progress of Rajasthan’s pilot project for olive cultivation had been closely watched by other agricultural states of India. Olive farming brings with it a new promise of transforming the lives of poor Indian farmers, and providing a boost to the local economy.

Next month, as parts of Rajasthan will grapple with sub-zero winter temperatures, hundreds of large farmers in the state will plant olive saplings on their land for commercial production. Surinder Singh Shekhawat, head of Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited (ROCL) that ran the pilot project, says: “After the success of the pilot project, we have decided to rope in progressive farmers for commercial cultivation. We will plant around 200,000 saplings across 650 hectares in Nagaur, Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh and Bikaner districts, where results were encouraging.”

Commercial cultivation of olive saplings will begin in January and February, and the total area to be covered for olive plantations is expected to go up to 5,000 hectares over the next three years. Large wheat farmers are flocking to ROCL’s office in Jaipur with a goal to shift a part of their cultivable land from wheat to olive. A number of top olive oil manufacturers in India have also shown interest in the commercial cultivation of olives, considering the growing demand for olive oil in the Indian market.

A local farmer in Rajasthan, the 35-year old Rajendra Singh Shekhawat sums up the current sentiment of farmers towards olive cultivation: “I heard the olive pilot project went off well. I am ready to take the risk of cultivating a foreign crop. If all goes well in the coming three years, I will dedicate more land to olives.” Olive cultivation is expected to fetch about five times the profits that the farmers in Rajasthan currently fetch from wheat on a per hectare basis.

Sources: The Economic Times


This article was last updated February 2, 2012 - 8:25 AM (GMT-5)

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  • Abdul Zain Khan

    Congratulations to India on this advancement of Olive growth at Rajasthan, and special thanks to Israeli technology. Also I wish success for the pilot project at Gujarat, as mentioned by Mr. Dalmia the Olive oil growth is at 50% present and set to rise more, India as a market for this oil is growing. Though one concern remains over why are the people still not involved in increasing the significance of this advancement by education the farmers, and I request the Olive biggies as well as Rajasthan board to consider the involvement of people in educating and advancing. I am a student of Biotechnology and about to graduate. I have keen interest in Olive growth and have been keeping a track of a lotta growth at this sector. Also have a business plan in mind which if initiated will amplify the growth of this industry at India. If anyone is interested, do contact me. All help, comment, advice shall be appreciated.

    Best, 
    Abdul Zain Khan
    +91-9990256755

    • Irshad

      hi there, lets communicate on the opportunity of olive oil in India…

      Best Regards,
      Mohamed Irshad
      irshad00@yahoo.com

  • Kalirawanabl

    i am a agriculture graduate , my farm of 15 hacture land situated in jaipur district , i intrested in olive oil cultivation so please give me detail about package and practice about olive oil cultivation,. kalirawanabl@yahoo.co.in

  • Jignesh chaudhary

    hello sir,
    i m chaudhary jignesh.
    by profession i m biotech eng.
    i want to make up olive farm in 5 acres in palanpur in gujarat.
    my land is near to rajasthan border .
    what is the favourable conditions for olive plantation?
    what is the procedure for it?
    what is the cost and production analysis per 1 acre of plantation?
    how can i start it?
    plese kindly give me information of above  question?
                                                              thank you sir.

  • ramuram oshu

     congratulation sir i am a farmer  , my farm of 15 hacture land situated in jodhpur district  and 20 hactor i jesalmer district , i intrested in olive oil cultivation so please give me
    detail about package and practice about olive oil cultivation,. rroshu@hotmail.com

  • ramuram oshu

    i am a agriculture graduate , my farm of 15 hacture land situated in jodhpur and 20 hactor in jesalmer district , i intrested in olive oil cultivation so please give me
    detail about package and practice about olive oil cultivation,. rroshu-at-hotmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashok.goel.142 Ashok Goel

    hello sir,
    i am Ashok Goel
    i want to make up olive farm in 150 hectares in Bhilwara in Rajasthan.
    what is the favourable conditions for olive plantation?
    what is the procedure for it?
    what is the cost and production analysis per 1 acre of plantation?
    how can i start it?
    plese kindly give me information of above question?

    Thank You sir

    • jignesh chaudhary

      helloo
      per 1 acre of land u hv to saw around 750 plants.
      the favourable conditions are;
      pH-7 to 8

      salinity should not more
      it grows in low watered area like deserts.
      gap between two plants should be 6 feet.
      olive plant can resist temprature around 25 to 35 ‘c.
      Procedure:
      it’s as same as plantation takes place in other big plants like pomegranate and mango.
      cost analysis:
      generally per plant capita is 200 to 300 but if u r from rajasthan than raj govt will give u more than 60% subsidy so it will be reduce to 50-100 Rs per plant.
      if we talking about outcome then it may be minimum 5 to 6 lakhs per acre and there is no maintenance cost.
      if u want to grow in ur land then just go to any (Rajasthan Agricultural university Bikaner))aagriculture university of rajasthan and ask them to provide olive seedlings.
      hv a nice day