Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday virtually launched Oil Palm Project Manipur under Department of Agriculture Manipur and National Mission on Oil Seed and Oil Palm.
Biren said, in a Facebook post, the oil palm project was launched following the call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the farmers in the Northeastern states to take up oil palm cultivation with an aim to make India and the states self-sufficient in edible oil.
"A sub-committee oil palm Manipur was also constituted to facilitate cultivation of Oil Palm which is the highest vegetable oil yielding perennial crop that can be cultivated in jhoom lands, foothills and fallow cultivable lands in lieu of poppy cultivation etc," the chief minister said in his Facebook post.
PM Modi in his speech at the virtual foundation stone laying ceremony of Manipur Water Supply Project on July 23 had appealed to farmers in Northeast states to practice oil palm cultivation with an aim to make India self-sufficient in edible oils.
Modi had also said that oil palm cultivation in Northeast would be a big help to the country and the farming community of the NE region.