Soyabean acreage in the country has crossed 100 lakh hectares as against last year’s 110 lakh hectares, top officials of the Soyabean Processors Association of India (SOPA) said.
There is a possibility that area under soyabean this year will remain between 100 to 110 lakh hectares, Davish Jain, chairman, SOPA said.
SOPA, however, pointed out that crop development will be satisfactory only if it rains by July 20.
“During the past ten days, differing reports have been coming from various sources about soyabean crop sowing and prospects, creating confusion in the industry. In the interest of stakeholders, SOPA has conducted a ground survey in mid-western part of Madhya Pradesh, and parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada in Maharashtra. Three teams of SOPA officials travelled through 22 major soyabean growing districts to see the crop on the ground and talk to farmers,” Jain said.
The association is keeping its fingers crossed stating that if rain occurs latest by July 20, the crop development will be normal and satisfactory.
In Madhya Pradesh, the sowing of soyabean started earlier as compared to last year. In Malwa region, it has been found that approximately two lakh hectare area is under severe moisture stress and the crop in this area is virtually lost, the report by SOPA said.
Almost 80% sowing of soyabean was completed during the first spell of rains till mid-June. The crop sown in this spell is currently under moisture stress, but will still revive, in case the rain occurs within next three to four days, SOPA said.
Maharashtra, which is country’s second-largest soyabean growing state, contributes 35-40% of the total output nationally. Soyabean is planted on nearly 38 lakh hectares in the state. Last year, around 6.86 lakh quintals of new seeds were required. This season, around 10.38 lakh quintals of seeds are available with the government.