However, according to 1st advance estimates of production of foodgrains during 2008-9 released by ministry of agriculture last week, soybean production is expected to be more than 9.9 million tonne. Sopas estimate is based on the crop survey conducted by the trade body in major soyabean-growing states during September 16 to September 24.
The soyabean production rose by more than 23% to 9.4 million tonne in 2007, from 7.1 million tonne achieved in 2006. Even the yield is expected to go up to 1,124 kg per hectare against 1,070 kg per hectare achieved in 2007.
According to Sopa, Madhya Pradesh is expected to produce the highest 5.7 million tonne of soyabean as against 4.9 million tonne achieved in 2007. Even the total area under soyabean cultivation during the current year went up to 5.1 million hectare against 4.8 million hectare achieved during 2007. The onset of the monsoon in second week of June enabled timely sowing of soyabean in Maharashtra.