FILE PHOTO: A man loads empty containers of edible oil onto a tricycle at a roadside in Kolkata, India, August 27, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – India’s edible oil imports in 2019/2020 is seen falling to 13.5 million tonnes versus 14.9 million tonnes a year ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Solvent Extractors Association (SEA) of India said on Thursday.

The nation’s production of rapeseed mustard could rise to 10 million tonnes in 2021, SEA President Atul Chaturvedi said during a webinar. Rapeseed is the main winter-sown oilseed crop in India.

Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Edmund Blair

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