India consumes about 16 million tonnes of edible oil annually and 54 per
cent of this is imported.
Palm oil is also the preferred oil in South India, accounting for about 70
per cent of consumption in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and
Kerala, and in coastal East India in states like West Bengal and Orissa.
Malaysia and Indonesia are the only two main suppliers of palm oil and they
dominate 89 per cent of edible oil exports globally.
Tamil movies are watched not only in Tamil Nadu, but in the other southern
states, as well.
''Saguni'', also dubbed in Malayalam and Telugu, was released globally on June
A number of Malaysian Tamil movie viewers who saw the scene on palm oil in
the movie, expressed shock over the negative portrayal of one of Malaysia''s top
SM SHY GR