The Assam government is likely to submit its proposal on the new “palm oil mission” by next week. 

Informing this Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that his government is looking forward to squeeze maximum benefit out of the Centre’s new mission to boost palm oil production. 

He was speaking at a video conference of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and DoNER Minister G Kishan Reddy with chief ministers of northeastern states on agriculture and horticulture-related issues of the region, with a focus on National Mission on Edible Oil-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), a statement from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said. 

The Assam chief minister informed that Assam currently has 350 hectares under palm oil cultivation in the districts of Goalpara, Bongaigaon and Kamrup (Rural). 

The Centre recently gave its approval to launch the NMEO-OP to boost palm oil production with special focus on Northeast and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

Out of its total financial outlay of Rs 11,040 crore, the NE region has been allocated Rs 5,850 crore, the statement further said. 

Several other matters, including Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Regions (MOVCDNER), National Bamboo Mission (NBM), and Sustainable Development Goals, were also discussed, it said. 

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