Indore: After days of dryness, rain in Madhya Pradesh has boosted the prospect of expanding acreage of soybean to 102 lakh hectare in the country against the earlier estimate of 96 lakh hectare.

"The rain now has boosted the prospect of increasing acreage of soybean to 102 lakh hectares in the country," Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) said.

With monsoon eluding so far, the Association had earlier estimated acreage of the crop to 96 lakh hectare.

SOPA spokesman Rajesh Aggarwal said that soybean was planted in an area of 103 lakh hectares in 2011.

He said acreage in the largest soybean producing state Madhya Pradesh is estimated at 59 lakh hectare which is 2 lakh hectare more than last year.

Madhya Pradesh accounts for 70 percent production of soybean in the country.

(Agencies)

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