Ruchi Group is the leading cooking oil manufacturer in India. In April 2010, Ruchi Groups subsidiary, Ruchi Soya, signed a contract with the Ethiopian government for a 25-year lease on 25,000 ha in the Gambela Region for the production of soybeans. At the time of signing an option to double the area under lease to 50,000 ha existed. Production was confirmed in 2012 when the company harvested soybeans from its pilot plot. Local farmers complain of deprecated forest land and lack of jobs to locals: most of the jobs, they say, are given to âhighlanders'. The locals and the government disagree as to the status of occupation of the land. The government claims the land to be unoccupied, 'virgin lands', while multiple accounts of' villigazation' from this region contradicts this claim.