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Soy farmers in MP worried as rains weaken

With monsoon having shown signs of early withdrawal from parts of Madhya Pradesh, soybean experts are hoping for one more spell of rain for a good harvest.

indore Updated: Sep 17, 2016 13:17 IST
Soybean experts are hoping for one more spell of rain for a good harvest.
Soybean experts are hoping for one more spell of rain for a good harvest.(HT file photo)

With monsoon having shown signs of early withdrawal from parts of Madhya Pradesh, soybean experts are hoping for one more spell of rain for a good harvest.

“The soybean crop is in good condition but needs one more spell of rains,” scientist and soybean expert Dr PS Bhatnagar said.

The symptoms of monsoon withdrawal became stronger as the meteorological department observed that no “strong cloud mass” was visible in south-western parts of Madhya Pradesh.

However, the meteorological department is yet to confirm monsoon withdrawal.

The early withdrawal of rains from parts of the state is a cause of worry for small farmers but the general consensus is that there will be no major impact on the overall yield.

Even though the cultivation area has fallen by about 10% as against last year, the production is not expected to dip due to higher yield per hectare.

Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) has said that crop was mostly in good condition despite losses due to floods in July.

The state government has increased the target area under kharif crops—oilseeds, paddy, pulses and maize—this year to 132 lakh hectares from 126 lakh hectares in 2015 season. However, area under soybean cultivation is estimated at 56 lakh hectares.

In 2015, the production of soybean was around 69.29 lakh tonnes down from the 87.1 lakh tonnes in 2014.

Although many farmers have switched from soybean to pulses this season, those growing the crop are trying to increase the per-hectare yield.

Madhya Pradesh is the top producer of soybean in the country and accounts for 53% of its production, as per government statistics. The crop is grown in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat also.