Carrying capacity of Indian agriculture: oilseeds

Hegde, D.M. (2012) Carrying capacity of Indian agriculture: oilseeds. Current Science, 102 (6). pp. 267-273.

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The carrying capacity of Indian agriculture to support oilseeds production to meet the vegetable oil needs of the Indian population has been considered in the context of available sources of oil from oilseed and nonoilseed origins. India needs to produce 17.84 Mt of vegetable oils to meet the nutritional fat needs of projected population of 1685 million by 2050. This can be easily achieved from various sources like annual oilseeds and also from supplementary sources of oil like rice bran, cottonseed, coconut, oil palm, corn, etc. However, the actual vegetable oil consumption has already exceeded the nutritional needs by a large margin and is likely to further go up sharply in the years to come in response to income growth. This requirement will be difficult to meet by the Indian agriculture given the current status of resources, technology and management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture, Carrying capacity, Fats and oils, Oilseeds
Author Affiliation: Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500 030, India
Subjects: Plant Production
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr B Krishnamurthy
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 09:10
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 09:10

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