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Australia chickpea exports drop, lentils rise in Feb

Liz Wells, April 19, 2021

Agia Dynami picks up a part cargo of lentils in Port Adelaide. Photo: Plains Grain

AUSTRALIA exported 91,200t of chickpeas and 117,375t of lentils in February, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

February chickpea shipments were down 49 per cent from the January figure of 178,951t, while lentils rose 22pc from 96,196t.

Pakistan on 41,946t was the biggest market for February chickpea exports, and the total included the first bulk cargo in around 10 years.

Bangladesh on 34,016t was the second-biggest chickpea market in February, and on 56,573t was the biggest lentil market for the month.

Turkey was the surprise volume customer on lentils in February, with 22,092t shipped.

CHICKPEAS Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Bangladesh 46204 133529 34016 213749
Belgium 0 72 0 72
Canada 234 254 511 998
Egypt 110 99 0 209
Fiji 19 0 48 67
Greece 24 0 24 48
India 177 243 0 420
Indonesia 0 0 0 0
Israel 24 0 0 24
Italy 164 48 120 332
Jordan 0 96 0 96
Kuwait 0 96 0 96
Lebanon 0 0 24 24
Malaysia 96 189 636 921
Mauritius 96 169 434 699
Nepal 10534 3862 4465 18861
Netherlands 48 0 0 48
New Zealand 38 27 48 113
Pakistan 37759 29621 41946 109325
Qatar 265 71 120 456
Romania 24 0 48 72
Saudi Arabia 299 416 996 1711
Singapore 98 144 72 314
South Africa 47 168 96 311
South Korea 24 0 48 72
Sri Lanka 25 365 123 514
Thailand 23 27 2 52
Turkey 0 246 0 246
United Arab Emirates 9098 7360 4590 21048
United Kingdom 1981 1611 2696 6288
United States of America 185 146 136 466
Yemen 46 92 0 138
TOTAL 107640 178951 91200 377791

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports in December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

LENTILS Dec Jan Feb Tonnes
Bangladesh 13950 32247 56573 102770
Belgium 0 101 0 101
Egypt 3691 31281 9546 44518
India 39865 2255 500 42620
Indonesia 4 1 0 5
Japan 23 0 24 47
Jordan 23 0 0 23
Lebanon 0 48 0 48
Malaysia 0 172 196 368
Mauritius 0 24 118 142
Nepal 5898 2810 2502 11211
New Zealand 10 37 15 62
Pakistan 7344 7817 10142 25303
Philippines 0 0 0 0
South Africa 150 0 200 350
South Korea 70 0 0 70
Sri Lanka 14482 10975 12940 38397
Sweden 0 12 0 12
Turkey 5321 2763 22092 30176
United Arab Emirates 3879 5652 2528 12060
TOTAL 94710 96196 117375 308282

Table 2: Australian lentil exports in December 2020 and January and February 2021. Source: ABS

 

 

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