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The Oil Palm

P. Rethinam (Author) K.L. Chadha (Author)

Contents: Foreword. Preface. 1. The Oil Palm. 2. Global Vegetable Oil Scenario. 3. Global Palm Oil Scenario. 4. Introduction of Oil Palm in India. 5. Climate and Soil Requirements. 6. Origin, Habitat, Distribution and Botany of Oil Palm. 7. Crop Improvement. 8. Planting Material Production. 9. Establishment of Nurseries. 10. Plantation Establishment and Management. 11.    Water Management. 12. Nutrient Management. 13. Oil Palm Based Cropping/Farming Systems. 14. Plant Protection. 15. Harvesting, Yield and Handling. 16. Processing of Oil Palm Fruits. 17. Food and Non-Food Uses of Palm Oil for Nutrition and Health. 18. Waste Utilization and Environment. References. Index. 


Oil Palm ( Elaeis guineensis Jacq) a perennial oil yielding palm with maximum oil potential of 18 t /of palm oil /ha /yr and achievable yield of 8 to 12 t oil /ha/ yr has brought about a revolution in the global vegetable oil economy over the years. With humble production of 1.2 million tons in 1960 it reached 49.0 million tons by 2017 occupying first position and pushing soya bean to second place. India introduced oil palm at the same time as Malaysia started its commercial plantations but remained at the bottom with the yields at poor levels . This book on Oil Palm gives a historical back ground of the crop in the world as also in India , Indian efforts in the development of oil palm , issues and strategies in promoting oil palm development in the country, and the guidelines in the cultivation of oil palm. This book will be a very good guide for growing oil palm successfully and will inspire all those who are interested in Oil Palm cultivation, processing, value addition, organic recycling and also providing eco-friendly environment.

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About the authors

P. Rethinam

Dr. P. Rethinam obtained his graduation and post-graduation in agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He started his career as Research Assistant in 1963, Assistant Lecturer and Assistant Professor up to 1976 at TNAU, Coimbatore and then joined Agricultural Research Service in ICAR in 1976. He became Project Coordinator, (Palms) in 1982 and was responsible for research coordination and management of palms. He was selected as Assistant Director General (Plantation Crops), ICAR, New Delhi in 1988 and coordinated the research on Plantation Crops, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops and Betel vine. He introduced the concept of irrigated Oil Palm as small holders crop. He was founder Director of the National Research Centre for Oil Palm at Pedavegi, A.P. and developed infrastructural facilities in a short time. Dr Rethinam was selected as the Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Kochi, Ministry of Agriculture, and Government of India in the year 2001. He has published 215 articles, co-edited two volumes of books on Recent Advances in Plantation Crops, edited 37 books and many technical bulletins, APCC Proceedings, COCOTECH Proceedings, Noni Search Proceedings and reports, DVDs, CDs of APCC intellectual database, etc.

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K.L. Chadha

Born on November 15, 1936, Dr. K.L. Chadha obtained his Bachelors and Masters degree in Agriculture (Hort) from Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1955 and 1960 respectively. He specialized in viticulture during his doctoral studies at IARI, New Delhi (1960-63). He has been actively associated with teaching, research and development of grapes in his capacity as a Fruit Specialist of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, as a Project Coordinator (Fruits including grapes) at national level, as Director, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore and as ICAR National Professor in Horticulture at IARI, New Delhi. His areas of specialization have been ampelography, training and pruning, nutritioiin and use of growth regulators in grape production. Dr. K.L. Chadha has been Secretary of the “Group on Vitiulture in the Tropics” Gold Medal from Andhra Pradesh Grape Growers’ Association (1994), a silver Plaque from the Maharashtra Research and Development Trust for his outstanding contributioins to grape research and development in the country. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi (1992) and was awarded Doctorate of Science (Honoris causa) by Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur in 1995. Dr. Chadha has won several prestigiouis awards – Borlaugh Award (1984), Om Prakash Bhasin Award (1992), Dayavati Vira Medal (1993), Pisang Raja Award (1996), and Marigowda Memorial Award (1996). He has edited / written 21 books, 7 bulletins and published 146 research and 136 popular articles. Dr. Chadha is sthe Chief Editor of the series “Advances inHorticulture” published in 13 volumes covering 9,410 pages. He has been President of several Horticultural Socieites..

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Title The Oil Palm
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.01.2019
Edition 1st. ed
Language: English
isbn 9789388173490
length xxxviii+316p., Figs; Color Phto; Tbls; Indx; 25cm.