29 May, Paro: Experts from the SAARC member states except for Maldives met to discuss on the need to share genetic resources of oilseed to enhance the production of oil. As such, the consultation meetings took stock of the oilseed research and development in the SAARC member countries and identify set of oilseed crops for sharing germplasm for coordinated SAARC trials.
Edible Oil is an important source of protein and energy and essential ingredient for preparing food in the SAARC region. Besides cereals, oil seed is one of the valuable and desired crops in the SAARC region for achieving food and nutritional security. But, Oilseed cultivation is becoming increasingly unattractive due to low and unstable yields. Horizontal expansion of area under oilseed is limited due to declining arable area and other competing crops.
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