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Private Farms in India Set to Begin Olive Cultivation

Nov. 22, 2011
Vikas Vij

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India’s desert state of Rajasthan is set to pro­mote olive cul­ti­va­tion in pri­vate farms start­ing February. Following suc­cess­ful field tri­als over a period of last three years in the gov­ern­ment-owned farms, the state is now ready to expand the scope of olive cul­ti­va­tion by involv­ing pri­vate farm­ers in the project with a buy-back arrange­ment.

The state has made plans for a clus­ter approach to pro­mote olive cul­ti­va­tion in an area of about 300 hectares, says Mr. S.S. Sekhawat, the COO of Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited (ROCL). Six clus­ters of 50 hectares each will be formed in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts of the state. Over the next three years, the state plans to expand the growth of olives expo­nen­tially by bring­ing about 5,000 hectares of land under olive cul­ti­va­tion.

India’s demand for olive oil is grow­ing rapidly. As per the data pro­vided by the Indian Olive Association, India’s olive oil imports have grown by 52 per­cent to 3,988 tons in 2010. Mr. Sekhawat says, Cluster approach will help us pro­vide free tech­ni­cal con­sul­tancy for the first three years, with­out any has­sles.” ROCL plans to begin dis­tri­b­u­tion of seedlings to pri­vate farm­ers from February, 2012 at a sub­si­dized rate.

The inter­est of pri­vate farm­ers in olive cul­ti­va­tion has grown sub­stan­tially in recent times. At the recent FarmTech 2011 agri­cul­tural fair orga­nized by the Rajasthan Government in asso­ci­a­tion with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, knowhow on olive cul­ti­va­tion was the most sought after infor­ma­tion among the pri­vate farm­ers.



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