Kharif oilseed output rises 8%

Mumbai, Nov 14 | Updated: Nov 15 2005, 06:23am hrs
Indias 2005 kharif oilseed output is likely to be 133.7 lakh tonnes, up 8.2% on year, the Central Organisation for Oil Industry and Trade (COOIT) said at the 43rd All India Convention of Oilseeds, Oil, Trade & Industry, held on Sunday at Indore.

Soybean, groundnut, and sunflower are likely to account for the rise. The second and final oilseed output estimate is marginally higher than the 130.4 lakh tonnes advance estimate in September.

Kharif crops are sown in June-July and harvested in October-November. COOIT also estimated that Indias 2004-05 (November-October) total edible oil imports are around 57 lakh tonnes while domestic consumption is estimated at 11 lakh tonnes.

Groundnut production during this season is estimated around 52 lakh tonnes, up 15.7% from a year ago. Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh are expected to register a rise in output, whereas Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu may show a fall. Soybean production is likely to be around 62 lakh tonnes, up 5.3% from the previous year. A major increase is expected to come from Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh, Indias largest soy producer, is expected to witness a 10 lakh tonne drop in production to 34 lakh tonnes in kharif 2005.

COOITs crop estimates also said sunflower production in the country during 2005 kharif season would be 560,000 tonnes, up 14.3% from a year ago. Castorseed production is estimated at 870,000 tonnes, up 8.8% from last year. The industry body estimates production of all major oilseeds cultivated during the kharif season would show an increase, barring sesame seeds and niger seeds. Sesame seed production is expected to decline to 420,000 tonnes from 470,000 tonnes a year ago. Niger seed production is seen at 110,000 tonnes, down from 150,000 tonnes last year.

Revival of monsoon in Gujarat and Rajasthan in September helped reduce moisture deficiency in oilseed crops and boosted the pod filling process, COOIT chairman Sandeep Bajoria said. Cottonseed bales production is estimated at 255 lakhs. The 2004-05 bales estimate has been revised upward from 205 lakh bales to 240 lakh bales. The washed cottonseed oil production is estimated at 7.7 lakh tonnes compared to 7.2 lakh tonnes last year.