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Australian chickpea, lentils exports rise in October: ABS

Liz Wells, December 4, 2020

Kabuli chickpeas harvested this week in the Mallee region. Photo: Matt Witney, Dodgshun Medlin

AUSTRALIA exported 42,278 tonnes of chickpeas and 39,191t of lentils in October, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The chickpea exports represented a 66 per cent rise on the September figure, and the lentil exports rose 51pc over the month.

The rise in chickpea exports represents an increased flow of new-crop exports through the container market.

Trade sources say no bulk new-crop chickpeas have yet been exported, but 27,000 tonnes in total for Bangladesh is due to load in Brisbane and Mackay this month.

On lentils, container business also accounted for all volume shipped in October.

Australia’s chickpea harvest in the main producing states of New South Wales and Queensland has almost finished, while the lentil harvest is around half through.

CHICKPEAS August September October Tonnes
Bangladesh 6061 10838 15977 32876
Belgium 116 20 0 136
Canada 597 547 671 1815
France 0 0 24 24
Germany 24 0 0 24
Greece 0 0 24 24
India 0 1243 3919 5161
Israel 0 0 48 48
Italy 48 48 24 120
Japan 60 0 10 70
Jordan 120 0 0 120
Lebanon 0 0 24 24
Malaysia 98 72 72 242
Mauritius 0 50 167 217
Nepal 1277 2530 5936 9743
Netherlands 0 0 24 24
New Zealand 25 0 24 49
Pakistan 9172 5239 8370 22781
Qatar 0 72 120 192
Romania 24 0 24 48
Singapore 48 96 72 216
Spain 24 0 0 24
South Africa 0 24 24 48
South Korea 24 0 0 24
Sri Lanka 146 215 317 678
Thailand 0 0 38 38
UAE 595 3295 4571 8462
UK 1223 1130 1664 4017
USA 83 62 134 278
Yemen 48 48 0 96
TOTAL 19812 25530 42278 87620

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports for August, September and October 2020. Source: ABS

LENTILS August September October Tonnes
Bangladesh 8633 5370 10007 24011
Egypt 997 146 1259 2402
India 2567 7265 3894 13727
Indonesia 1 0 0 1
Lebanon 50 0 23 73
Mauritius 0 25 25 50
Nepal 3216 4981 2827 11023
New Caledonia 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 10 15 25
Pakistan 1985 2812 9184 13980
Romania 24 0 0 24
Singapore 5 9 0 14
South Africa 50 24 0 74
South Korea 23 48 0 71
Sri Lanka 5361 5103 11910 22374
Thailand 100 0 0 100
Turkey 252 0 0 252
Yemen 0 125 48 173
TOTAL 23263 25919 39191 88374

Table 2: Australian lentil exports for August, September and October 2020. Source: ABS

 

 

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  1. Shaheer Murtaza, December 4, 2020

    I have heard that new desi chickpea has been loaded for Pakistan. And the figures for lentils export is really high.

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