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India collaborates with Indo Oil Company to set up first olive oil refinery
Together with Indo, an Israeli Government subsidiary, Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode jointly by Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited, State Agriculture Marketing Board and Plasto and Plasto, will build the refinery in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Soon Rajasthan in India will be known for its olive and dates besides its sand dunes and dry arid region as the state government is all set to start an olive oil refinery in Lunkaransar, Bikaner next month. This will be nation’s first refinery, which is being set up on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode jointly by Rajasthan Olive Cultivation Limited, State Agriculture Marketing Board, Israel government’s Indo Oil Company and one private company Plasto and Plasto.

The state government will also be developing dry areas including Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jalore as hub for olive and dates’ production. Meanwhile, the Union government has also agreed to extend help to the state in this regard.

Mr. Prabhulal Saini, Agriculture Minister for Rajasthan said, that olive and dates are being grown in Rajasthan for the first time at eight agriculture centres including Bassi, Anupgarh, Nagaur and Bikaner. “The test production at these centres has been very successful,” he said while adding that the around five metric ton dates have been produced this year at the agri centres. “The taste of the dates grown here is not at all inferior to that produced in Arab countries,” he said while reiterating that the experiment has been immensely successful.

According to sources, the refinery will be producing four products. The first will be pure oil that can be used in cooking. Secondly, it will also produce baby oil. Thirdly, the waste will be used for making beauty products. The last product will include diabetes medicine. The refinery is expected to start production by August.

It is due to the variety of products that the state government has sought help including research grants by the Union government and the same has been promised by the Centre.

Mr. Saini said that Mr. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture Minister has called the Director General of the ICAR along with other scientists to study the different varieties of lives and dates and suggest more varieties of the same.

Source: DNA


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