Country’s soyabean production is likely to rise 57.2% to 108.8 lakh tonne in 2016 from the last season as yields have risen in all the key producing areas due to ample rainfall, the Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) has said.
Last year, the total soyabean production was around 69.28 lakh tonne. The higher production of soyabean is expected to help restrict overseas edible oil purchases and is also likely to raise soymeal exports, industry reports said.
Two teams of SOPA officials have conducted a survey of the crop in the three major growing states — Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan — to assess the crop condition.
The team has observed that the monsoon arrived at right time this year and sowing was completed between June 15 and July 10 as per schedule. The crop was damaged in 5% to 10% low-lying areas of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan due to water logging. However, there has been no major impact, DN Pathak, executive director, SOPA, said.
In Maharashtra, the area under soyabean increased by about 6%. Intercropping was seen in large tracts with red gram. Most popular varieties to be sown were JS.335, JS.9305 and JS.9560. Latur, Beed, Oshmanabad, Nanded, Hingoli and Parbhani districts of Maharashtra suffered moisture stress initially affecting the productivity.
In Maharashtra, there have been reports of crop damage due to heavy rains but officials from SOPA said that the picture may not be as bad as being painted. Maharashtra agriculture minister Pandurang Phundkar had said that preliminary reports from Marathwada district that has witnessed heavy rainfall in the last fortnight has indicated that 50% of the kharif crops have been washed out due to floods. Farmers growing soyabean, cotton and jowari will be among the worst hit.
The exact crop loss in terms of area of cultivation would be ascertained once the water in the fields recede, he had said recently.