Society for Rapeseed-Mustard Research (SRMR), Bharatpur, India announces organization of 5th National Brassica Conference (NBC-2024) on “Oilseed Brassicas for Sustainability, Profitability and Nutritional Security” at the Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (SKNAU), Durgapura, Jaipur during February 07-09, 2024.

Global vegetable oil consumption is projected to increase by more than 3 percent in 2023-24 to 218.0 million metric tons, which is led by growth in oils consumption in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and the United States. India is the 4th largest oilseeds producer in the world. It has 20.8% of the total area under cultivation globally, accounting for 10% of global production. The Indian oilseeds market had total revenues of $23.4 billion in 2022, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.5%. Globally. Rapeseed-mustard is the largest oilseed crop and contributes about 14% of total oilseed production. The final estimates indicated that the overall record oilseed production amounted to 413.55 lakh tonnes, with rapeseed-mustard accounting for 126.43 lakh tonnes specifically in the year 2022-23. India's edible oil imports have witnessed a remarkable surge over the last ten years. In the fiscal year 2013-14, the country imported 11.6 million tonnes of edible oil, which was worth Rs 60,750 crore. However, in 2022-23, the figures have escalated to 16.5 million tonnes, valued at Rs 138,424 crore. The majority of this growth has been observed in the last three years.

In India, Groundnut, soybean and rapeseed-mustard are the major oilseeds and contribute approximately 80 per cent of oilseeds production. Rapeseed–mustard crops in India are grown in diverse agro-climatic conditions ranging from north-eastern to north western hills and down south under irrigated/rainfed, timely/late sown, saline soils and mixed cropping. Indian mustard accounts for about 80% of total hectares under these crops in the country. The average contribution of rapeseed-mustard to the total oilseed production in India was 24%, with its average productivity 1497 (kg/ha) during 2021-22. Though, rapeseed-mustard is placed 2nd in terms of production, after soybean, it ranks 1st in terms of oil yield among all oilseed crops. Oilseed Brassicas grown in India are B. juncea, B. rapa. B. napus and B. carinata. B. juncea predominates and accounts for about 90% area under rapeseed-mustard crops. These crops are grown in diverse agro-climatic conditions varying from north-eastern/north-western hills to down south under irrigated/rainfed, timely/late sown and sole/mixed cropping.

India is the second largest importer of edible oilseeds after China. Country needs to spend over 70,000 crores annually to augment domestic supplies. Thus, attaining self-sufficiency in edible oil sector is critical for reducing current account deficit and also edible oil security of a burgeoning population. This necessitates a comprehensive road map to meet the challenge of bridging the widening gap of demand and production of edible oil and Rapeseed-mustard is expected to play a major role. However, attempts to enhance its productivity significantly are not fully successful due to their cultivation under diverse and mostly constrained ecologies. Climate change can further limit the productive potential of the crop. In this context, the Society for Rapeseed-Mustard Research (SRMR) has the responsibility to meet the aspirations of various stakeholders by providing an intellectually stimulating platform for discussing key issues related to “Oilseed Brassicas for Sustainability, Profitability and Nutritional Security” in all its facets; including socio-economic, empowerment of marginal farmers through technology development and policy initiatives for sustainable farming, and natural resource management in tune with global climate change

The broad objective of 4th NBC is to develop the road map for sustainable increase in rapeseed-mustard productivity and doubling of incomes in order to achieve national edible oil security and development goals in changing climate.

The society has great pleasure in inviting you to attend the 5th NBC at RARI, Durgapura, Jaipur (Rajasthan) during February 07-09, 2024. The SRMR looks forward to your active participation and be a part of this historic event in sparking off the much needed paradigm shift in the practice of oilseed Brassica and the management of rapeseed-mustard production systems in the face of climate change.



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