The Department of Agriculture of Assam, the District Administration, Lakhimpur, and 3F Oil Palm mark the first oil palm plantation under the NMEO-OP in Assam. The initiative aims to uplift farming communities and contribute to India’s self-reliance in edible oils. It emphasizes Government commitment to the development and progress of the oil palm plantation sector.
The ceremony is being hosted by 3F Oil Palm, a leading player in the oil palm industry, that has already established a state-of-the-art oil palm nursery at Bokulbari village in Lakhimpur district and another nursery in the pipeline at Chirang. In recognition of their commitment towards oil palm development and processing industry, 3F oil palm has already signed an MOU with the Government of Assam in December 2022, and aims to develop oil palm plantations and processing facilities in sub-zone 1-b and V-a, encompassing Lakhimpur and Chirang districts, as part of the NMEO-OP.
Sanjay Goenka, managing director and CEO, 3F Oil Palm, said, “The ceremonial plantation of Oil Palm under the NMEO-OP is a significant step towards the development of the oil palm industry in the state of Assam. It gives me immense pride to note that upon signing of the MoU with the government in December 2022, we are the first company to have commenced our investment and set up a state of the art nursery and commence plantation activities through this ceremonial plantation. We are committed in contributing to the progress of this sector in Assam and we aim to cover over 20,000 Ha of area under oil palm over the next 5 years.”