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Australian chickpea, lentil exports rise in June

Liz Wells, August 16, 2021

A thriving crop of chickpeas about to enter the flowering phase on the Western Downs of southern Queensland. Photo: Jake Hamilton

AUSTRALIA exported tonnes of 63,450 tonnes of chickpeas and 81,010t of lentils in June, according to the latest export data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

On chickpeas, the June figure is up 19 per cent from the May total of 53,477t, and the lentil figure is up 27pc from the 63,684t shipped in May.

Pakistan was the biggest chickpea market by far, taking 72pc of the June exports, with the United Arab Emirates taking 7700t and Nepal 4288t.

In the lentil market, Bangladesh on 27,165t followed by Sri Lanka on 17,686t and Egypt on 13,151t were the biggest markets.

The Indian Government’s announcement late last month on its dropping of the lentil tariff to 10pc from 30pc previously is expected to fuel a jump in exports to India from this month onward.

CHICKPEAS Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Tonnes
Bangladesh 133529 31577 11567 2744 2335 850 182601
Belgium 72 0 119 73 0 0 264
Canada 254 467 852 773 741 992 4079
Egypt 99 0 230 126 129 0 584
Fiji 0 24 24 0 0 0 48
Germany 0 0 0 24 0 0 24
Greece 0 24 24 24 0 0 72
India 243 0 0 268 1654 1345 3510
Israel 0 0 24 0 24 48 96
Italy 48 96 72 0 24 96 336
Japan 0 0 80 24 0 22 126
Jordan 96 0 0 0 0 0 96
Kuwait 96 0 43 0 0 0 139
Lebanon 0 24 0 0 0 0 24
Malaysia 189 338 384 168 72 24 1175
Mauritius 169 337 312 288 169 73 1348
Nepal 3862 4090 2125 2528 2162 4288 19055
Netherlands 0 0 0 72 0 0 72
New Zealand 27 24 49 96 16 118 330
Pakistan 29778 37919 53881 39979 39106 45997 246659
Qatar 71 120 47 0 0 0 238
Romania 0 48 24 48 0 0 120
Saudi Arabia 416 988 752 795 1073 442 4467
Singapore 144 72 122 48 24 74 484
South Africa 168 96 290 72 71 23 720
South Korea 0 24 70 24 24 0 142
Spain 0 0 48 24 0 0 72
Sri Lanka 365 123 515 174 473 298 1948
Thailand 27 2 5 23 25 32 114
Turkey 246 0 0 0 24 0 270
UAE 7360 4219 5798 5186 4510 7700 34773
UK 1611 2550 1378 1230 645 912 8326
USA 146 73 311 264 176 117 1085
Yemen 92 0 48 48 0 0 188
TOTAL 179108 83234 79195 55121 53477 63450 513586

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports for January to June 2021.  Source: ABS

LENTILS Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Tonnes
Bangladesh 32247 56073 48495 29201 29785 27165 222967
Belgium 101 0 0 0 0 0 101
Egypt 31281 8782 12291 0 0 13151 65505
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 22 22
India 2255 0 128 250 150 7557 10341
Indonesia 1 0 1 1 0 5 8
Japan 0 0 31 0 24 0 55
Lebanon 48 0 0 0 0 0 48
Malaysia 172 196 44 0 0 0 412
Mauritius 24 118 69 0 244 50 505
Nepal 2810 2633 1173 881 2122 2819 12439
New Zealand 37 0 46 0 8 55 147
Pakistan 7817 10143 10532 6459 7818 4864 47633
Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 300 0 0 300
Singapore 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
South Africa 0 200 125 47 165 0 537
South Korea 0 0 72 0 0 48 120
Sri Lanka 10975 11885 14485 9418 22923 17686 87372
Sweden 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
Turkey 2763 22092 0 0 0 0 24855
UAE 5652 2528 4734 663 445 7585 21608
TOTAL 96196 114650 92227 47221 63684 81010 494988

Table 2: Australian lentil exports for January to June 2021. Source: ABS

 

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