rajasthan patrika epaper 16/07/2016

Soyabean acreage set to fall in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan

The Soyabean Oil Producers Association (SOPA) has estimated a 3-5 per cent dip in kharif soyabean sowing to 112.173 lakh hectares (lh). The shrinkage is being attributed to a decline in the soyabean sowing in key growing States Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

As per SOPA estimates, the soyabean area in Madhya Pradesh is likely to fall by 8 per cent to 54.246 lh (59.062 lh), while that in Rajasthan may decline by about 15-20 per cent to 8.82 lh (11.047 lh).

Crop shift

SOPA attributed the decline to a crop shift to urad and maize. “In Madhya Pradesh, between 5 and 30 per cent soyabean area has been converted to urad, maize, red gram, sorghum and paddy due to relatively poor productivity of the oilseed during previous three years for various reasons,” said a SOPA release.

“Although no field survey was conducted in other soyabean growing States, information has been gathered through government and trade sources. In Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and rest of India, it has been reported that area under soybean may increase by about 10 per cent over last year,” SOPA said.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra, the second largest grower after Madhya Pradesh, is likely to see an increase of 6 per cent in soyabean acreage. But in the Vidarbha region, acreage is likely to fall by 10-20 per cent as farmers chose urad, moong and maize.

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