July 7, 2006


Soy crop to rise 1 million tonnes in India's state of Madhya Pradesh



Soy production in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of India's total soy production, is set to go up by at least 1 million tonnes this year, according to estimates from the National Research Centre for Soybean (NRCS).


NRCS Director Dr G S Chauhan told local media that production had been static since 1998, remaining at about 4 million tonnes but there are hopes of a bumper harvest this year despite acreage of 4.1 million hectares under cultivation remaining static. The increase meant a reversal of the trend for the past 3 years, which has seen falling production.


Production of 4.19 million tonnes in 2003 fell to 3.47 million tonnes in 2004 and further down to 3.33 million tonnes last year.


On the other hand, nationwide production have increased to 6.1 million tonnes last year from 5.9 million tonnes in 2004 after dropping from 6.9 million tonnes in 2003.


Madhya Pradesh's share of national production fell from 75 percent to 60 percent due to an increase in acreage in other states.


The largest increase was seen in Maharashtra, where acreage increased to 2.2 million hectares from just 5000 hectares four years ago.


Rajasthan follows next with 500,000 hectares.


Ninety percent of sowing has been completed in the state and the germination is highly satisfactory, giving rise to hopes of a bumper crop.


The JS 335 strain was being widely used for its adaptability and the JS 93-205 was being taken up. The NRC-7 series were also in great demand for their early germination and high yield.

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