Arunachal Pradesh has signed a MoU with Andhra Pradesh-based company for development of oil palm in the State. State Agriculture Department signed this MoU with Ruchi Soya Industries, to cover an area of 5,000 hectares initially. In the first phase they will cover the foothill areas of West Siang, Lower Subansiri, Papumpare and East Kameng districts.
The potential areas for developing oil palm have been divided into four zones. Implementation of the production programme under central sector scheme on National Mission on Oil seeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP, Mini Mission-II) was started from 2013-14 in other zones.
The initiative is a step towards gainful utilization of the vast land resource of the state for economic development through farming operation. Agriculture Secretary Talem Tapok along with Director (Agri-Marketing), Corporate Head of Ruchi Soya Industries (Oil Palm division) P Mallesham accompanied by the DGM (Plantation) and Manager (Plantation) were present in the MoU signing function.