India’s Rapeseed Production

A third of India’s Oil is from Rapeseed India is the third largest rapeseed oil producer in the world after China and Canada with 12% of world’s total production. This crop accounts for nearly a third of the oil produced in India, making it the country’s key edible oil-seed crop. Due to the gap between domestic availability and actual consumption of edible oil, India has to resort to import of edible oil with a projected demand for edible oil at more than 20 million tonnes in 2014-15. Rapeseed oil has been used for cooking, lighting, and industrial uses. For example, it is used as pesticide, industrial lubricant, and bio fuel. It’s also used to make soaps, plastics, cosmetics, and printing inks. In fact, such uses are generally considered environmentally friendly alternatives.