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India's Soybean Industry Poised for Progress: In-Depth S&D Analysis Reveals a Flourishing Sector

The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) on Monday unveiled its highly anticipated soybean and soybean meal supply and demand estimates for the oil year 2023-2024, offering an insightful glimpse into the agricultural heartbeat of the nation's soybean industry.

P. S. Saini
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The SOPA's report, compiled through meticulous data aggregation from government and trade sources, presents a narrative of resilience and strategic growth in the soybean sector. The oil year, stretching from October 2023 to September 2024 has witnessed a robust total crop availability of 142.81 lakh tons, thanks to an all-India crop yield that has soared to 118.74 lakh tons, showcasing a remarkable uptick from the previous year’s yield.

As the country's soybean saga unfolds, imports have maintained a steady rhythm at 0.02 lakh tons, underscoring India's burgeoning self-sufficiency. The report highlights a commendable domestic effort, with 134.81 lakh tons available for crushing and direct uses, bolstered by prudent stock management from the previous year.

The export of soybean meal, a critical protein source for global markets, has demonstrated dynamism through strategic channels such as SEA and land routes. Meanwhile, domestic consumption for food and feed purposes continues to be a strong pillar of demand, ensuring the sector's vibrancy.

As of January 1st, 2024, the balance stock of meals is a testament to the industry's calibrated approach to meeting local and international needs. With detailed month-wise data on arrivals, crushing, imports, exports, and local consumption attached, stakeholders and market watchers are afforded a panoramic view of the industry’s operations.

Executive Director D.N. Pathak, with the unwavering vision of the SOPA, extends gratitude to all contributors to this comprehensive analysis. While being an estimate, the report represents the pulse of an industry integral to India's agricultural narrative and global economic footprint.

As India steers through the complexities of agricultural dynamics, this report from the SOPA acts as both a beacon and a benchmark for the industry, promising a future that is as promising as it is plentiful.

For further information, the Soybean Processors Association of India is committed to the growth and sustainability of India's soybean sector.

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