For the past few years, India has been one of the largest oilseeds producers and an importer of edible oils. There is a growing demand for edible oil in the country as the per-person consumption per year is nearly 16 kg. Under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the Government of India has brought a scheme to promote the overall production of quality oilseeds. The project is under the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP) and has been implemented since 2014.
- Scheme Name: National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm
- Scheme Modified: 13-07-2018
- Scheme Fund Allocated: Rs.11,040 crore
- Type of Government Scheme: Central Government of India
- Sponsored / Sector Scheme: Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
- Website to apply: https://nmoop.gov.in/
- Helpline No.: 011-23381176
- The aim of this project is to increase oilseed cultivation in larger areas and thereby reduce the need for the import of edible oils.
- The NMOOP scheme targets the unused and underutilized land areas in the country to maximize oilseed production using proper management techniques.
- Consolidate the various Tree Borne Oilseeds (TBOs) scattered across the non-forest and forest areas.
- Convert wasteland into productive land.
Benefits of NMOOP
- Projects, under the NMOOP scheme, are done as a collaboration of the Central Government and the State Governments at a ratio of 75:25, respectively.
- The scheme helps promote the oilseed palms in the northeast states.
- Assistance will be provided to the farmers for the steps such as planting the seeds, irrigation, maintenance, etc., to harvesting tools.
- The scheme helps farmers to find reasonable rates for their produce in case of a price drop in the international market.
- The scheme promotes inter-crop of oilseeds along with cereals and pulses.
- The Government institutions will be ready to provide technical assistance if the farmers need it.
Drawback of National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm subsidy
The state government will select the beneficiary for the NMOOP projects through the panchayat. Farmers will have lesser chances of getting the projects through the usual application mode. The government will select the production area, which will not be easy from the farmers’ point of view.
While the scheme covers the restoration process in case of a natural disaster or calamity, the feasibility of success is still under debate. The action plan does not specify the procedures in case of complete destruction or future incompatibility of crop production.
There are multiple levels of the inspecting committee that will assess the land and other details prior to the commencement of the project. There will be constant monitoring throughout the project as well.
Since the central and state governments are involved, there could be red-tape involvement throughout the process.
How to Apply?
Under this scheme will have assistance for the farmers financially, physically, and technically. Here, you will not need to look for land and go after the government. You will be selected as a beneficiary if you are lucky, and it will be much more convenient than getting the approval and fulfilling formalities of other crop production. Once you are selected as a beneficiary, you will be assisted with the various levels of crop production in each stage as and when needed.
You must have the essential documents ready. The other documents required will be intimated by the authorities at the time of application.
- Aadhaar Card
- Ration card
- Address proof
- Property documents
Under the NMOOP is convenient as the project undertakes both edible and non-edible oil seeds. The project aims to cover a total land coverage of 75,000 hectares in the next few years. When properly implemented, this will be one of the best projects that equally benefit the farmers and the government.
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