Letter to Prime Minister : Palmolin exporting issue

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

I would like to bring to your kind attention the grave concerns that the Coconut Farmers in Kerala are having to the reported information that the Union Government is trying to lift the ban on the import of Crude palm Oil through the ports in Kerala, based on the representation from oil industry.

I would request that any such move may be dropped since the small and marginal coconut farmers in the States are already suffering from the drop in prices of coconut and coconut oil.

In the past whenever there was a large scale import of palm oil adverse impact was felt in the coconut oil industry in the State. Recognizing the adverse impacts, Government of India imposed the ban on the import of palm oil through all the ports in Kerala vide notification No. 63 (RE-2007) 2004-09, New Delhi, dated 24th December 2007 and the ban is still in force. The ban, to some extent, backstopped the fall of coconut oil prices and has helped the coconut farmers to realize a reasonable price which is just enough to cover to costs.

Appeals filed against the ban were disposed of by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 21 November 2015, upholding the Central Government’s decision prohibiting the import of palm oil through all the ports in Kerala.

Any move to reverse that decision and lift the restriction/ prohibition on the import of palm oil through all the ports in Kerala will adversely affect the interest of coconut farmers in the State.

I therefore request for your kind personal intervention in the matter and to issue necessary direction to the Commerce Ministry and the Director General of Foreign Trade not to lift the port restrictions on the import of palm Oil and Palmolein through the ports in the State and even consider extending similar prohibition to other ports in the South India where coconut is mainly cultivated.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Shri. Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
152, South Block, Raisina Hill,
New Delhi – 110 011.