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India to begin commercial production of olive oil

Rajasthan hopes to begin tapping into rising demand for olive oil in India (© FAO/Rocco Rorandelli)
Rajasthan hopes to begin tapping into rising demand for olive oil in India
© FAO/Rocco Rorandelli

Commercial production of olive oil is due to begin in September 2013 in Rajasthan as part of a state government-funded project that has supported the planting of more than 144,000 olive trees planted on 260 hectares since 2008. With long, dry summers and short, cool winters, conditions in the Indian state are ideal for producing olives. To encourage farmers to participate, Rajasthan's government is offering subsidies to cover 80 per cent of the cost of the trees and 90 per cent of the cost of drip irrigation systems. The aim is to press 25 tonnes of olive oil in 2013 and over the next three years plant another 5,000 hectares. In addition to the plan to become a leading international producer, Rajasthan hopes to begin tapping into rising demand for olive oil in India, which rose by 47 per cent between October 2012 and February 2013.

Date published: August 2013

 

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