Adverse climatic conditions hit oil crops

Adverse climatic conditions hit oil crops


Ahmedabad: Scanty and untimely rainfall in western and southern states during August-September has dented major oilseed crops such as groundnut and soyabean, leading to a 7% fall in industry’s initial estimates on production.

The Central Organisation for Oil Industry and Trade (COOIT) has now projected an output of 164.1 lakh tonnes for kharif 2008, compared with 175.5 lakh tonnes in its first advance estimate released on 29 September.

“The dry spell in August, and un-seasonal rains spanning from September-end to the middle of October has been a major factor for damage to groundnut and soyabean crop in Gujarat," convenor of COOIT’s crop estimate panel G G Patel told PTI.

Moreover, adverse climatic conditions impacted these crops in southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, he added.

From its first advance estimates, the industry body has revised downward soyabean and groundnut output figures by eight lakh tonnes and four lakh tonnes, respectively.

Soyabean output in 2008, however, is projected at 98.9 lakh tonnes, compared with 107 lakh tonnes in the first advance estimate. However, the production is higher than that of the last kharif at 94.6 lakh tonnes.

In groundnut, COOIT has projected the output to decline to 45.2 lakh tonnes in this kharif from 49 lakh tonnes in the earlier estimate. The output this kharif is lower than 48.7 lakh tonnes in kharif 2007.

The association has projected total oilseeds production during the kharif 2008-09 season at 164.1 lakh tonnes, marginally down from last year’s 164.9 lakh tonnes.

However, according to the government’s first estimates, total oilseeds output in kharif 2008-09 would be 179.47 lakh tonnes, against 198.42 lakh tonnes last year.