They are also working on improving vegetable oil production, Singh said while addressing members of the consultative committee.
An increase in domestic production of mustard through genetically-modified technology, will slightly ease our import dependence.
India annually spends Rs 65,000 crore to import edible oil. The annual production of mustard oil in the country is 2-2.5 million tonnes, out of the total domestic edible oil production of 7-8 million tonnes.
The minister will meet French agriculture and food minister Stéphane Le Foll during her visit to the global food festival, SIAL, in Paris from October 16 to 20.
Rao has entered the slot for the representative of a seed company, replacing a representative of Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Ltd (Mahyco), which is associated with Monsanto.
Prices of refined soya oil and mustard oil have fallen in recent weeks, with traders citing weak demand in the spot market following improved production expectations and higher imports of palm oil from Indonesia.
The aim is to identify and tackle as many issues as possible before the World Food 2017 that the ministry is scheduled to organise in March, said officials.
Some analysts want the government to scrap the 10% import duty that India levies on the grain, as they expect the local output to miss the official estimate.
Prices are ruling at Rs 5,400 per 100 kg of raw cotton, even as fresh crop has started arriving in the wholesale markets of Punjab and Haryana
A shortfall in arrivals of basmati crop across the rice bowl of Punjab and Haryana has seen a 30% jump in prices quoted for the new crop
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