12 October 2021, Indore: Notwithstanding reports of damage to soybean crops in some states due to inclement weather conditions and extended monsoon rains, the soybean production in the country is set to rise this year even as states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have recorded a decline in sowing area. As per the latest soybean crop estimate released by the Soybean Processors Association of India here on Sunday during the international soy conclave, soybean production in the country for the year 2021 has been pegged at 118.889 lakh tons which is higher by 13.71% compared to last year.
As per the satellite survey carried out by the SOPA, soybean has been sown on 119.984 lakh hectares of land against the government’s estimate of 123.677 lakh hectares. As per the survey, the average yield of soybean per acre for the year 2021 has been pegged higher at 991 kg/hectare against 883 kg/hectare during 2020.
Contrary to fear of damage to the soybean crop in Madhya Pradesh due to delayed rains and decline in sowing area this year, soybean output this year has been estimated higher at 52.293 lakh tons against 41.772 lakh metric tons. Soybean production in Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat has also been estimated higher. As per the SOPA survey, soybean production in Maharashtra this year would hit48.324 lakh tons against 45.444 lakh tons last year.. In Telangana, soybean production this year has been estimated at 3.540 lakh tons against 1.644 lakh tons last year. In Karnataka also, soybean production has been pegged higher this year at 3.846 lakh tons against 3.732 lakh tons, while in Gujarat, soybean production has been estimated at 2.271 lakh tons against 1.450 lakh metric tons last year.
Gujarat, the third largest soybean state in the country, this year however, would see a decline in soybean output at 7.047 lakh metric tons agianst8.583 lakh tons last year. Compared to other soybean producing states, the area under soybean in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan has witnessed a decline.
According to SOPA, the area under soybean plantation in Madhya Pradesh this year has declined to 55.688 lakh hectare against 58.540 lakh hectares last year. Similarly, area under soybean plantation in Rajasthan this year has declined to 9.254 lakh hectares against 11.002 lakh hectares last year. Maharashtra, the second largest soybean producing state of the country on the other hand this year has witnessed a rise in sowing area this year at 43.849 lakh hectares against 40.797 lakh hectares.