17 Jul

Saurashtra Oil Mills body seeks formation of groundnut promotion councilSaurashtra Oil Mills

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Groundnut oil trade body, Saurashtra Oil Mills Association (SOMA) is working in association with Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) to create a scientific case to popularise groundnut consumption in the country. The trade body has also demanded a formation of a groundnut promotion council seeking government support for spreading awareness about the uses of the processed groundnut in various forms such as peanut butter, table-top nuts besides edible oil. “It is heartening to note that after years of decline in groundnut consumption, for past two years, we are seeing revived interest in farmers to cultivate groundnut. Which has increased the availability of the seed and revived the value-chain which includes processors,” said Samir Shah, President of SOMA.Aimed at creating a case for a dedicated promotion council for groundnut, SOMA is working in coordination with ICAR to identify health benefits and nutritional advantages of groundnut in variety of forms. “We are asked to submit our documents and findings about groundnut to ICAR, who will conduct research to support our claim. Post that a report will be submitted to the Centre,” said Shah adding that the entire process may take about 2-3 months. “A dedicated promotion council for groundnut is extremely necessary considering the high dependence on imports to meet our edible oil requirements. Also, it will clear the air about several misconceptions about groundnut and its nutritional value,” Shah said. Gujarat witnessed bumper crop of 32 lakh tonnes of the oilseed in 2017-18 kharif season, against 29 lakh tonnes in the previous season. Takes support from ICAR to identify health and nutritional benefits of the oilseed Published on COMMENT oilseeds and edible oil July 02, 2018 COMMENTSlast_img

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