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The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA)

The Solvent Extractors' Association of India was formed in 1963 to foster the development and growth of the solvent extraction Industry and overall development of the vegetable oil industry in India to increase the country’s self reliance in vegetable oils. The association has 875 members including approximately 350 working solvent extraction plants with a combined annual oilcake/oilseed processing capacity of about 30M tonnes. SEA members include processors, exporters, oil millers, refiners, vanaspati manufacturers, importers of edible oils, brokers, traders, plant and machinery manufacturers, clearing & forwarding agents, surveyors and regional associations.

The SEA also functions as an trade promotion body, recognised by the Ministry of Commerce, to promote export of various oilmeals, compound cattle and poultry feeds, minor oils of tree and forest origin, and groundnut and castor oil. SEA is also recognized as Non Government Organization (NGO) by Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The SEA’s main objectives are: 

a) To promote and protect the trade, commerce, manufacturing, exporting, trading and other activities of the vegetable oil industry and solvent extraction industry in particular.

b) To encourage and promote the use of solvent extracted oil and their byproducts in India and abroad and, with that aim, to publicise, propagate and advocate their uses through various publicity media including organising seminars, conventions and trade delegation.

c) To represent its members’ view and the interests of the vegetable oil industry as a whole before governmental and quasi-governmental authorities, trade or industry bodies, chambers of commerce, foreign trade and industrial interest and other organisations.

d) To establish, promote, operate, maintain, increase and encourage direct or indirect steady and stable expansion of the export of deoiled cakes/meals and to carry out activities and implement schemes to do so.


The Soybean Processors Association of India, popularly known as SOPA, is the only national level body representing soyabean processors, farmers, exporters and brokers in India working towards the aim to strengthen soyabeans as a viable crop.
 The main objective of SOPA is to encourage the development and promotion of soya-based products in the interest of the farmers and processors.
 SOPA was established in 1979 with its headquarters at Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the main soyabean-growing region of India. SOPA is represented on all key government committees, bodies, export promotion departments and on various ministerial advisory committees.


The CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology’s (CSIR-IICT) mission is to be an innovative global R&D organisation in the field of chemical sciences and technology.
Based in Hyderabad, CSIR-IICT’s focus is on lipid science and technology, natural product chemistry, agrochemicals, drugs and intermediates, catalysis and material sciences, polymers and functional materials, specialty and fine chemicals, fluoroorganics, chemical biology, coal & gas technology, chemical engineering and design engineering.

R&D activity in oils and fats was formally launched in 1945, making the present Lipid Science and Technology Division one of the oldest divisions in CSIR-IICT.
As the vegetable oil and allied products industry is one of the major industries in the world, CSIR has established the Centre for Lipid Research (CLR) to support the needs of Indian vegetable oils and allied products industry.
CLR’s research focus includes processing of oils, biolubricants, surfactants, castor oil-based products, specialty oleochemicals, bioactive compounds, nutraceuticals, structured lipids and biodiesel.
Major activities of the CLR include: contract R&D in vegetable oils and allied products, technology transfer/technology licensing, detailed project reports, feasibility studies, technical/advisory consultancy, new product / process development, and testing/analytical services.


The Oil Technologists' Association of India (OTAI) is a pioneer international association in the field of oils and allied products. OTAI is continuously engaged in disseminating the latest information on scientific and technical developments by organising international and national seminars, symposia workshops, refresher courses and popular lectures on current topics of common interest to its members.

OTAI’s annual conventions are held at different zonal headquarters in turn. The association functions through its five zones – Central, Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern, with its zonal headquarters in Kanpur, New Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai and Hyderabad respectively.

OTAI publishes a quarterly research, Journal JOTAI, as well as books.


The Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations Ltd (FOSFA) is a professional international contract issuing and arbitral body concerned exclusively with the world trade in oilseeds, oils and fats with 1,045 members in 85 countries. These members include producers and processors, shippers and dealers, traders, brokers and agents, superintendents, analysts, shipowners, ship brokers, tank storage companies, arbitrators, consultants, lawyers, insurers and others, providing services to traders.

FOSFA has an extensive range of standard forms of contracts covering goods shipped either CIF, C&F or FOB, for soybeans, sunflowerseeds, rapeseed, and others, vegetable and marine oils and fats, refined oils and fats, from all origins worldwide, for different methods of transportation and different terms of trade. Internationally, 85% of the global trade in oils and fats is traded under FOSFA contracts. These contracts incorporate a dispute procedure involving arbitration by experienced individuals from within the trade.

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