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Monsoon pains: Soybean farmers in Madhya Pradesh are a worried lot

State agriculture dept set target of soybean cultivation over 54.57 lakh hectares this kharif season

Press Trust of India 

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who have sown in Madhya Pradesh, the biggest producer of the oilseed in India, are now worried as the rainfall so far is scanty.

Director of the city-based Indian Institute of Research V S Bhatia said the areas in the state where has been sown haven't received much rainfall.

The condition of the crop is worrisome, he said.

Some are still waiting for a good spell of showers to sow the crop, he said.

are staring at the prospect of repeat-sowing.

"If it doesn't rain in the next 2-3 days, the I have sown is going to be ruined. I will have no option then but to sow again," said Mangilal Patel, a farmer from Deepalpur in Indore district.

The state agriculture department has set a target of cultivation over 54.57 lakh hectares this kharif season, an official said.

Last kharif, was grown over 54.01 lakh hectares in the state.

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