July 29, 2008


Soy output in Indian state Maharashtra seen marginally down

India's Maharashtra may see a marginal drop in soy output in the year ending September 2009 due to a dry spell in the growing regions, according to Uday S. Kamat, state coordinate at the Soybean Processors' Association of India, on Monday (July 28, 2008).


India's annual June-September monsoon rain, which is vital for cotton, oilseed, corn and rice production, were 33-percent below normal levels in the past week but are likely to revive in the worst hit western and southern regions.


Kamat said they would be able to give a concrete figure in two weeks' time.


Maharashtra is India's second largest soy producer and is expected to produce a record 3.2 million tonnes or 34 percent of India's total output in the current year ending September 2008.


Kamat said sowing in central Maharashtra region, which contributes about 15 percent of the state's total output, is lower by one third of the previous year's sowing. However, weekend rains have brightened the prospects in Vidharbha, the largest producing region in the state, Kamat said.

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