Mumbai: Farmers in Maharashtra have started sowing soya bean crop and large-scale sowing in the Vidharbha region of the state may start by early next week, about five days in advance, a senior trade body official said.
“We are expecting monsoon rains in Vidharbha in the next two to three days and large-scale sowing should begin by early next week,” Uday S. Kamat, state coordinator for the Soybean Processors’ Association of India, said on Tuesday. Vidharbha is the main soya bean growing region in the state, contributing more than 65% of its output.
“Normally, large-scale sowing picks up only after June 20th and ends by first week of July,” Kamat said, indicating sowing in the region will start earlier this year.
Monsoon rains reached the state over the week-end and is spreading across the state.
Soya bean, the main oilseed crop of India, is grown mainly in the central states of Madhya Pradesh, which is the leading producer, and in Maharashtra. Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also grow the oilseed. The top two states are estimated to have produced over 8 million tonnes (mt) of the oilseed, nearly 85% of the country’s total production.
Total production is estimated at 9.45mt in the year ending September, government estimates show. “At present sowing has started in a small way in the central Maharashtra region, where monsoon has arrived,” Kamat said.