At the outset let me thank you for your support that has always been extended to me and I expect the same as I take over as Chairman for the second time. I especially wish to thank Shri Khushwant Jain for his leadership as Chair this past years and for his many contributions.
We expect him to remain involved with the Council for many years to come, as have most of our past Chairman. There are many others who have made very significant contributions. The significant accomplishments for the Council are seldom solely due to one person. Fortunately, the Council is blessed with many members who are very interested in creating greater value for our members. So I simply say “Thank you” to each of you who have in any way assisted the furthering of the Councils activities. Please keep up the good work.
I take over as Chairman with renewed hope for emerging from the darkness of the past year. The promising light at the end of the tunnel provided by the vaccine for COVID-19 provides the possibility of relief from the health and socio-economic challenges posed by the pandemic. We must employ the same collective, coordinated and focused actions that allowed us to control the spread of the virus. The most important among these is the discipline to maintain the protocols that help to avoid being contaminated. The less strain we put on the health systems will directly benefit the economic and financial situation.
I am deeply honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as the Chairman of the Council for the coming years. I follow a long line of friends, colleagues and mentors who have assumed this awesome responsibility before me. I am committed to do everything I can to make you proud of the trust with which I have been granted by serving with sincerity and dignity. I also commit to utilizing the collective wisdom of my fellow officers, the Board of Directors, Panel Conveners, Special Invitees, members and the executive staff of the Council.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been set India a target of USD 400 billion merchandise exports in 2021-22 and a target of US$ 1,766 Million has been set for Oilseeds and Oils represented by the Council. In reality, much has been done, yet much remains to be done.
The Council has taken steps towards initiating knowledge series to members with an objective to facilitate them enhance exports, in continuation of the Knowledge Series and to create awareness against Cyber attacks organised a Webinar on “Ways Cyber Criminals can target you” on 6th October 2021. The program was attended by members from across India.
We visited the Ministries in New Delhi and raised the following concerns with the concerned departments in the Ministry:-
Removing restrictions on exports of Mustard Oil
Need for dedicated HS code for various natural (colours) and processed forms (dehulled, roasted etc.) of Sesame
Requirement of additional declaration in Phytosanitary Certificate
Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA).
Negotiating duty free access for Indian Oilseeds exported to China
Constricted availability of containers
To increasing the Quota of Peanut Butter being imported into USA from India
To negotiate better market access for Oilseeds with Korea
Resumption of export of Sesame Seeds to Japan
The following issues concerning export to the European Union were raised:-
Right for 2nd test of the consignment in case of controversy in the 1st test
EU has fixed extremely stringent levels of aflatoxins for import of peanuts.
Destruction of Sesame seed cargo in case of Rejection by EU Port Health Authority:
To resolve issues faced by Groundnut exports to Vietnam.
Copy of the Representation Letter on the above was submitted to concerned officials in the Government of India.
The Council organised its 3rd IOPEPC Global Oilseed Conference (IGOC) on 21st October 2021 in Hybrid mode. The Council received excellent response to the event. Over 550 participants from India and countries around the world joined the conference in virtual mode with over 150 delegates attending in physical mode at Hotel St. Regis Mumbai. The distinguished speakers from various countries made their valuable presentations. Large number of sponsors from India and abroad supported the event. The IGOC 2021 has proved to be of an immense importance for trade and industry concerned with Peanut, Sesame and other oilseeds.
During the event, the Council also released an attractive Souvenir containing informative articles contributed by eminent personalities from the Oilseeds and Oils Industry along with statistical data and export trends in key markets. Considering the fact that the Souvenir also has details of its members, it is considered to be of crucial importance for strengthening the supply chain of exports from India.
The Council has unveiled estimates of production of Groundnuts and Sesame Seeds during Kharif 2021, which can be used to prepare export strategy. The presentations on demand, supply and price outlook in major countries will guide us on the pricing strategies and taking up orders from our global buyers.
The Crop survey was commissioned by the Council covering key Groundnut and Sesame producing states. The following is summary of Crop Survey for Kharif crop 2021.
Sesame and Groundnut jointly comprise more than 80% of the Oilseeds exports from India. Nearly 75% of the national production of Sesame and 85% of Groundnut comes from Kharif season. Hence, these two crops are the focal points of IOPEPC Kharif Oilseed crop survey.
The Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promotion Council (IOPEPC) commissioned the Kharif Sesame Seeds and Groundnut Crop Survey to RMSI Cropalytics Pvt Ltd, an export agency using state of art technology for estimation of crops.
The Crop survey was carried out by the council covering 7 key Groundnut producing states and 4 major Sesame producing states which make up for over 85% of the country’s total Kharif crop.
As per the export target set for Egypt in Oilseeds exports for the financial year 2021-2022, we have just managed to achieve 33% of our target of $ 15.9 million. We are looking at organising a Buyer Seller Meet jointly with Indian Embassy Egypt on 30th November 2021. The above mentioned events may assist in reinvigorating the Indian exports of oilseeds to Egyptian markets.
All of us can make differences in the lives of others and our Council every day. We have the power to do incredible things together. All we have to do is seek out the numerous opportunities that are often right in front of us. We can reach goals that we previously thought were unachievable. I truly believe in the quote of our Hon’ble Prime Minister “Sab ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas”.
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