Soybean cultivation affected by less rain
New Delhi: Kharif sowing has been affected due to less rainfall in the country's major soybean-producing states. Soybean sowing has decreased by 11% compared to last year. It was sown on 6 lakh hectares in the country from January to June. Soybean is the country's most important oilseed crop and accounts for about 3% of total oilseed production. The country will have to import large edible oils if there is a drop in soybean production. In the last 2-3 years, a record 1.5-lakh tonnes of beans were produced.
VS Bhatia, director of soybean research, said that soybean sowing had to be stopped in many areas due to less rainfall. However, to avoid loss of production due to late sowing, farmers are sowing other varieties of the crop. This might help the country keep up the production.
References - Agrowon, 23 July 19
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