Edible oil prices declining, says Centre

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New Delhi: The Centre on November 5, 2021, said that edible oil prices are showing a declining trend across the country.

Despite international commodity prices being high, interventions have been taken by Central Government along with State Governments’ proactive involvement have led to a reduction in the prices of edible oils, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a press release.

 “The Government has cut the basic duty on Crude Palm Oil, Crude Soyabean Oil and Crude Sunflower Oil from 2.5% to nil in a bid to reign in a continuous rise in the cooking oil prices since past one year.  The Agri-cess on these Oils has been brought down from 20% to 7.5% for Crude Palm Oil and 5% for Crude Soyabean Oil and Crude Sunflower Oil,” the Ministry said.

It added: “Consequent upon the above reduction, the total duty is 7.5% for Crude Palm Oil and 5% for Crude Soyabean Oil and Crude Sunflower Oil. The basic duty on RBD Palmolein Oil, Refined Soyabean and Refined Sunflower Oil has been slashed to 17.5% from the current 32.5%.”

According to the Ministry, the agricultural infrastructure cess on all forms of Crude Edible Oils was 20% before reduction, and post-reduction, the effective duty on Crude Palm Oil will be 8.25%, Crude Soyabean Oil and Crude Sunflower Oil will be 5.5% each.

To control prices of edible oils the government has rationalised import duties on palm oil, sunflower oil and soyabean oil, futures trading in mustard oil on NCDEX has been suspended and stock limits have been imposed, the release informed.

“Major edible Oils players including Adani Willmar and Ruchi industries have cut wholesale prices by Rs. 4 -7 per litre. The other players that have reduced the wholesale prices of edible oils are Gemini Edibles & Fats India, Hyderabad; Modi Naturals, Delhi; Gokul Re-foils and Solvent; Vijay Solvex Gokul Agro Resources; and N.K Proteins,” the Ministry informed.

It added that the government is taking steps to improve the production of secondary edible oils, especially rice bran oil to reduce import dependence. (Press Release)

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