Indore: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday stressed the need to increase the production of biofuels in the country by using the stubble of some crops to reduce dependence on imports of crude oil and fuel gases and said that he has Converted to CNG. Vehicle.
Gadkari addressed the International Soya Conclave organized by Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) here in Madhya Pradesh.
“I have converted my (diesel-powered) tractor into a CNG-powered vehicle. We need to convert to Bio CNG and Bio LNG by using the stubble of crops like soybean, wheat, paddy, cotton etc. to reduce our dependence on imports. Production should be encouraged. Crude oil and fuel gases. This will give additional income to the farmers,” the Road Transport and Highways Minister said.
Gadkari’s suggestion has come at a time when the retail prices of petrol and diesel are skyrocketing in the country after the rise in crude oil prices in the international market.
The Union Minister said that India is currently importing 65 per cent of the total edible oil it needs every year at a cost of Rs 1.40 lakh crore.
“Due to imports, the prices of edible oils are high in the retail market of the country, while on the other hand domestic farmers growing oilseeds are not getting good price for their produce.
Gadkari stressed on the need to develop GM (Genetically Modified) seeds for soybean on the lines of mustard to overcome the shortage of soybean so that the country can become self-sufficient in the production of edible oil.
“I have also discussed this (the issue of GM seeds for soybeans) with the Prime Minister. I know that many people in the country are opposing GM seeds. But we are looking at soybean oil extracted from GM soybeans from other countries. countries could not stop the imports,” he said.
Gadkari said that people should be made aware about the development of GM soybean seeds in India.
He also underlined the need to conduct detailed research on making food products from soya oil cake (residue after extracting oil from soybean seeds) to address malnutrition especially in tribal areas.
“Thousands of tribals in our country are dying of malnutrition due to lack of protein (in their diet). Soya cake is rich in protein,” he said.
The BJP MP from Maharashtra appealed to the agricultural scientists of the country to make efforts to initiate a joint seed development program with top global producers of soybean crop including USA, Brazil and Argentina to increase the production capacity per acre of this oilseed. .