August 12, 2003



India's Planted Soy Acreage At 6.4 Million Hectares In End July

Soybean planting in India through July 31 has covered 6.4 million hectares, up 14% from the total area sown with soybeans last year, the Soybean Processors Association of India, or SOPA, said in a statement Tuesday.


Last year, the soybean crop covered 5.6 million hectares.


The soybean crop is a major oilseed crop in India and sowing begins in June and runs until the end of August. Harvesting takes place in September.


The increase in area planted to soybeans is due to good monsoon rains so far this year. Monsoon rains this year are expected to be normal, while last year's rains were deficient in most parts of India, triggering widespread drought in many areas.


The soybean crop, like other oilseeds crops in India, is rainfed and depends on monsoon rains to grow.


SOPA is a lobbying group for soybean producers in India.