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Profile of Indian Vegetable Oil Industry: I: Production System

S. Chandrasekaran and K. T. Achaya
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 15, No. 8 (Feb. 23, 1980), pp. 441-445
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4368408
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Abstract

The vegetable oils industry in India is characterised by widely-scattered production units, and these are at all levels of technology ranging from simple, traditional bullock-driven ghanis to sophisticated solvent-extraction plants. Attempts have been made to estimate the number of production units of various kinds now operating in India. These are sometimes absurdly contradictory. Again, while information is to be had on oilseeds production, percentage crushed, oil contents and oil recoveries in ghanis and expellers, no estimate appears to have been made of the proportions of vegetable oil derived from these various production technologies. An attempt has been made in this paper, on the basis of available data, to derive information regarding the types of oil-production units and the quantity of oil deriving from each. A final total oil production estimate has been made which includes all major production technologies. In a sequal to this paper, to be published next week, the author will examine the nature and extent of movement of oilseeds and oils, starting with the regional production pattern for each oilseed, and the production pattern for the oil present therein.

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