Ganjam Kewda oil

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  • January 20, 2023
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In News: Families in the coastal pockets of Odisha‘s Ganjam district have been eking out a living by preparing aromatic kewda oil for years, and a recent growth in demand has put a smile on their faces.

  • The price per litre of kewda oil was Rs 4.5 lakh last year
  • Every year, kewda farmers, flower sellers and oil makers earn around Rs 50-60 crore.

Ganjan kewda oil

  • Ganjam kewda (Pandanus fascicularis) oil is steam-distilled from the flower of the aromatic screwpine plant
  • Pandanus or screwpine plant grow along seacoasts and in marshy places and forests of tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Asia, Africa, and Oceania.
  • It is used as an aromatic in the food industry and other sectors.
  • It is registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 by the Government of India.
  • The flower is harvested from around 5,000 hectares in the district.
  • Its oil is produced in Ganjam, Chatrapur, Chikiti and Rangeilunda blocks of the district
  • For around 200,000 people living in 220 villages of the district, it is the main source of income.
  • The farmers and collectors receive an advance from Ganjam’s oil makers who buy the flowers from them during June to September — the harvesting season.
  • Kewda oil makers sell to Kannauj, Agra, Kanpur, New Delhi, Mumbai and other places at around Rs 5 lakh a litre
  • There is a Fragment and Flavour Development Center (FFDC) extension unit at Berhampore, Ganjam under the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • Flower producer groups eliminated the role of middlemen and provided proper marketing facilities.
  • FFDC is also training oil makers and helping them purchase modern equipment to start distilling units through the government-managed District Industry Center
  • It is used in food, zarda (flavoured tobacco) and pharmaceutical companies

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Previous Year Question

Q.1) With reference to ’palm oil’, consider the following statements: (2021)

  1. The palm oil tree is native to Southeast Asia.
  2. The palm oil is a raw material for some industries producing lipstick and perfumes.
  3. The palm oil can be used to produce biodiesel.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

  1. 1 and 2 Only
  2. 2 and 3 Only
  3. 1 and 3 Only
  4. 1, 2 and 3


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