MUMBAI, Aug 26 (Reuters) - India has sold 350,000 to 400,000
tonnes of new-crop soymeal for shipment between October and
December on prospects of higher soybean production and a weak
rupee, an industry official said.
India, Asia's top soymeal exporter, struck deals at $440 to
$480 per tonne, free-on-board basis, amid volatility in the
rupee that hit a record low last week, said Rajesh Agrawal,
chief co-ordinator at Soybean Processors Association of India, a
"Buyers are mainly south East Asian countries and Iran," he
A senior industry official last week told Reuters that
India's soybean production is likely to rise by as much as 18
percent to a record 13.34 million tonnes in 2013/14 from the
year before on the back of higher area.
But heavy rainfall in the top soybean producing central
state of Madhya Pradesh in the last five days and forecast of
more rainfall in the next three days raised concerns over the
"There won't be damage to crop as it has already grown, but
on productivity front there would be some losses. Yields would
be lower due to lack of sunshine," Agrawal said.
Soybean production would be higher than last year, but there
will not be a sharp rise in the output that industry was earlier
expecting because of an expansion in soybean acreage, he said.
As of Aug. 22, there were 12.18 million hectares devoted to
soybean cultivation in India compared with 10.64 million
hectares a year earlier, farm ministry data showed last week.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Anand Basu)