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India's palm oil ambitions for northeast frontier stir concern

Opponents fear environmental degradation if monoculture is promoted

A plantation laborer in Mizoram's Kolasib District with palm oil fresh fruit bunches. (Photo by Varsha Torgalkar)

KOLASIB, India -- Environmentalists, academics, social activists and farmers in India are opposing a government plan to expand palm oil production in northeastern border states because they believe it will not benefit farmers and harm the environment.

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