Area under soybean in India seen up by 6.7 percent, says SOPA

The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA), in its first survey of soybean crop for the season of 2018-19, has estimated the total area under soybean for 2018 at 108.396 lakh hectare, an increase of 6.7 percent or 6.83 lakh hectare as compared to previous year.

The estimated total production of soybean crop for all India for the year 2018 is 114.832 lakh tonnes, which is higher by 31.275 lakh tonnes (37.4 per cent) as compared to kharif 2017. This could be highest in the last 5 years.

According to DN Pathak, executive director, SOPA, two teams of officials from the association conducted an extensive field survey to assess the shift in area, crop condition and expected productivity between September 23 and October 2, 2018.

“We estimate that the actual area in Maharashtra is 36.390 lakh hectare which is 10 per cent less than the government estimates of 40.433 lakh hectare.

Similarly, the actual area in Rajasthan is 9.212 lakh hectare as compared to 10.112 lakh hectare given by the government. The reduction in area by SOPA has also taken into consideration inter-cropping and total loss after sowing,” Pathak said.

The area in Madhya Pradesh has increased to 54.100 lakh hectare in 2018 as against 50.100 lakh hectare in 2017. The average yield here is expected to touch 1,094 kg per hectare from 838 kg per hectare in 2017.

Similarly in Telangana, the area for 2018 is 1.791 lakh hectare. In 2017, it was 1.652 lakh hectare and the expected yield is 877 kg per hectare in 2018 as against 638 kg per hectare.

In Karnataka, the area has gone up from 2.710 lakh hectare in 2017 to 3.190 lakh hectare in 2018 and is likely to result in a production of 911 kg per hectare in 2018 from 640 kg per hectare.

The average yield for the year 2018 is estimated as 1,059 kg/hectare as against 823 kg/hectare during the year 2017.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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