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Productivity - The way forward for doubling Farmers’ income

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

Doubling the Farmers Income is the Mission of the Hon`ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The Government is also serious about the increase in Income of the farmers by 2022. All the farming community is also seriously taken up the same and the efforts of the associations to see the smile on the faces of the Farmers.

The Solvent Extractors` Association organized the two-day Conclave on the Mustard Seed in the Jaipur. The Industry working in the field of the Rape Mustard seed participated wholeheartedly.

Hon`ble Minister of State Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hon'ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmer's Welfare was the Chief Guest. Shri Ashok Dalwai, IAS, Chairman, Task Force for Demonstrating Doubling of Farmers' Income & CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer's Welfare, Govt. of India Shri Pasha Patel, (Farmer Leader) Chairman, Maharashtra Agriculture Cost & Price Commission, Govt. of Maharashtra, Mumbai Dr. B. Rajender, Joint Secretary, (Oilseeds) Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, were the Guest of Honor and also addressed the gathering with their Theme presentation.

Shri Atul Chaturvedi, President, SEA Shri D.P. Khandelia, Chairman, SEA Rapeseed/Mustard Promotion Council had given the Welcome address and the opening remarks.

Dr. Anupam Barik, Addl. Commissioner (Oilseeds), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, GoI, New Delhi Shri Sharad M. Marathe, Member, Task Force for Demonstrating Doubling of Farmer's Income, Niti Aayog, New Delhi Concluding Remarks & Thanks Shri Vijay Data, Convener, SEA Rapeseed-Mustard Conclave 2018 & Managing Director M/s. Vijay Solvex Ltd., Rajasthan were the special guests.

Rape- Mustard seed is at the heart of the population in the Heartlands of India and its oil is the preferred oil across the Northern and Eastern India. Rape-Mustard constitutes a very important stature in the group of Rabi Oilseed crops of India and its production levels vis-a-vis other rabi oilseed crops determines the price flow of all oilseeds in the second half of the Oil-year season.

The Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) organized the Second SEA's Rapeseed-Mustard Conclave 2018 with the theme: Productivity - The Way Forward For Doubling Farmers’ Income. The Conclave held on 7th-8th July 2018 at Jaipur Marriott Hotel, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

A lot of work has been done to promote its cultivation, yet its production is range-bound in the six to seven and a half million tonnes in the last decade. Rape- Mustard seed is a high oil content crop and there is an urgent need to increase its production in the country.

This intervention is in the line with PM’s call for doubling farmers’ income by 2022. With the ever-increasing demand for food crops, there is an increase in a fight for acreage; therefore the only way forward to have increased production is to have an increase in productivity.

India needs at least 10 million tonnes of Rape-Mustard seed to meet its growing oil demand and also its meal demand for cattle feed. SEA in its attempt to bring the Rape-Mustard seed, oil & meal fraternities together, is organizing 2nd Conclave to deliberate and focus on the issues before the industry, farmers & trade and also to arrive at the solutions by fruitful interactions with the eminent speakers and panel members from across India.

 The Conclave also provided a unique opportunity for open discussions & exchange of views about the issues pertaining to Rape Mustard oil and meal, International & national businesses, to find solutions to the problems faced by the manufacturers, importers & exporters, technologists, players from the commodity exchanges, brokers & dealers.

 SEA's Rapeseed-Mustard Conclave 2018 will have the unfolding of the latest status of Indian Scenario by the eminent personalities from the Rape-Mustard fraternity. This will be followed by the Panel discussion on `Rape- Mustard – Seed, Oil & Meal Price Outlook-2018 by the eminent speakers from the business & trade from India.

 There were more than 300 Delegates & Special Invitees from all over India in the   Conclave which provided a unique opportunity for one to one meeting for the delegates, to develop new business contacts and also to strengthen the existing ones.

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