INDIA - India’s soybean yield has recorded a 21.70 per cent growth during 2014 at 959 Kg per hectare as compared 788 Kg per hectare during Kharif 2013.
The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA), an apex organisation working for the development of soya sector in India said that SOPA along with other associates agencies conducted extensive crop survey in three major soybean producing states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
SOPA said, in Madhya Pradesh the area under soybean cultivation during Kharif 2014 was 5.54 million hectare, as compared to 6.26 million hectare during Kharif 2013 showing a decrease of 11.40 per cent.
However, production during Kharif 2014 was up to 6.02 million tonnes, against 4.32 million tonnes output recorded during Kharif 2013, registering an increase of 39.26 per cent.
In Maharashtra the area under soybean cultivation during Kharif 2014 was at 3.80 million hectare, as compared to 3.87 million hectare during Kharif 2013. The yield 808 Kg per hectare and production 3.07 million tonnes were estimated during Kharif 2014, SOPA estimates.
During kharif 2014, the area under soybean cultivation in Rajasthan declined to 682,000 hectares, as compared to 1.05 million hectare cultivated during Kharif 2013. The yield 827 Kg per hectare and production 563,900 tonnes were estimated during Kharif 2014.
In Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Gujarat and other states the area under soybean cultivation were 854,500 hectares and production 775,700 tonnes estimated during Kharif 2014, SOPA release adds.
As per the report, soybean yield has reduced to 959 kg per hectare during 2014, as compared to 1139 kg per hectares yield recorded during 2012.
Overall production of soybean was recorded at 10.43 million tonnes, as compared to 9.47 million tonnes produced during 2013, the report adds.