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Soya team to tour S. America

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MUMBAI, April 16

IN recent years, South America — represented chiefly by Brazil and Argentina — has made phenomenal progress in soyabean production so much so that this region's soyabean output has exceeded that of the US this year. Future growth prospects are rated high.

Consistent increase in South American soyabean production and the regions' rich experience in harnessing its natural agro-climatic advantage hold important lessons for India. Of primary concern is the yield differential.

While the two South American producers harvest 2,600 kg of soyabean per hectare, India is way behind at about 900 kg/ha.

No wonder, despite planting 55-60 lakh hectares, soyabean output in India is low.

In order to study first hand the rapid progress made by Brazil and Argentina and to look for experiences that can be applied to India, a 2-week intensive study tour of the two countries has been scheduled.

The four-member study team led by Mr O.P. Goel, Chairman of Indore-based SOPA Foundation, together with Dr P. S. Bhatnagar, noted expert and retired director of National Research Centre for soyabean and two representatives of ITC Ltd will visit Brazil and Argentina.

The team will not only study production and productivity issues but also explore possibility of mutual cooperation in exchange of information, availability of seed varieties with higher yield potential, more efficient use of bio-fertiliser etc.

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