Oil Palm Development Programme
Oil Palm India Ltd. is entrusted to promote oil palm cultivation amongst the small holders in the state. The Central and State Governments are extending subsidy for the cultivation. The programme is being successfully implemented in the State and nearing completion of the target of 1600 ha. including 84.63 ha. as Front Line Demonstration in Kariland of Kuttanad. 2665 small and marginal farmers are benefited by this scheme. Oil Palm India directly purchases the crop produced by them. The present price is Rs.4500/- per ton of FFB plus transportation charges. The present rate of subsidy given to farmers is Rs.23,000/- per ha. It is proposed to cultivate 2000 Ha. area under the scheme during the ensuing XI Five year plan and also to establish a palm oil mill in Northern Region.