The area under Soybean crop for 2018 rose by 6.83 lakh hectare or 6.7% from a year earlier to 108.396 lakh hectare, according to Soybean Processors Association of India's (SOPA) first survey of soybean crop for the season of 2018-19.
The government’s area estimate is around 113.339 lakh hectare.
The estimated total production of soybean crop for all India for the year 2018 is 114.832 lakh tonne, which is higher by 31.275 lakh tonne (37.4%) as compared to Kharif 2017. This could be highest in the last 5 years.
“We estimate that the actual area in Maharashtra is 36.390 lakh hectare which is 10% less than the government estimates of 40.433 lakh hectare. Similarly, the actual area in Rajasthan is 9.212 lakh hectare as compared to 10.112 lakh hectare given by the government. The reduction in area by SOPA is to take into account inter-cropping and total loss after sowing,” the association said.
The area in Madhya Pradesh has increased to 54.100 lakh hectare in 2018 as against 50.100 lakh hectare in 2017. The average yield here is expected to touch 1,094 kg per hectare from 838 kg per hectare in 2017.
Similarly in Telangana, the area for 2018 is 1.791 lakh hectare. In 2017, it was 1.652 lakh hectare and the expected yield is 877 kg per hectare in 2018 as against 638 kg per hectare. In Karnataka, the area has gone up from 2.710 lakh hectare in 2017 to 3.190 lakh hectare in 2018 and is likely to result in a production of 911 kg per hectare in 2018 from 640 kg per hectare.
The average yield for the year 2018 is estimated as 1,059 kg/hectare as against 823 kg/hectare during the year 2017.