October 15, 2003



India Soybean Yields Better This Season


Due to satisfactory rains during the just concluded South-West monsoon season, India will harvest a record 66.9 lakh tonnes (l.t) of soybean in kharif 2003, according to the latest review of the Indore-based Soyabean Processors Association of India (SOPA).


Madhya Pradesh is expected to contribute 41 l.t, Maharashtra 18.3 l.t and Rajasthan with 5.4 l.t, with others accounting for the rest.


The association also said yields were better this season following well-distributed rains during July, August and September. Also, there were no major incidents of pests and disease. However, the estimate of the Ministry of Agriculture is higher at 71 l.t., while private estimates of some corporate suggest soybean yields would be around 60-62 l.t.