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Australia’s May chickpea, lentil exports jump

Liz Wells, July 7, 2021

The biggest importer of Australian chickpeas in recent months has been Pakistan, where the pulse is a key ingredient for home cooks and street vendors like this one in Rawalpindi.  Photo: Pakistan Street Food

AUSTRALIA exported 66,623 tonnes of chickpeas and 76,610t of lentils in May, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Both show significant increases from the April totals, with the chickpea number up 21 per cent, and lentils up a startling 62pc.

Pakistan in May held its position as Australia’s biggest chickpea market by far, taking 73pc of total shipments, as it continued its import program to bolster supplies from its own crop.

The United Arab Emirates and Nepal with 5885t and 3512t respectively were Australia’s second-biggest chickpea markets for May shipment.

In lentils, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were the biggest markets by far, taking 32,073t and 28,630t respectively, or 79pc of the May total collectively.

Pakistan with 11,352t was Australia’s third-biggest market for lentils in May.

Australia shipment of lentils to Sri Lanka in May was triple the April figure, and this was the main driver for the overall lift.

CHICKPEAS March April May Tonnes
Bangladesh 11567 2744 2085 16396
Belgium 119 73 0 192
Canada 852 773 986 2611
China 0 0 240 240
Egypt 230 126 129 484
Fiji 24 0 0 24
Germany 0 24 0 24
Greece 24 24 0 48
India 0 268 1904 2172
Israel 24 0 24 48
Italy 72 0 24 96
Japan 80 24 0 104
Kuwait 43 0 0 43
Malaysia 384 168 72 624
Mauritius 312 288 217 817
Nepal 2125 2528 3512 8165
Netherlands 0 72 0 72
New Zealand 49 96 16 161
Pakistan 53881 39975 48673 142529
Qatar 47 0 0 47
Romania 24 48 0 72
Saudi Arabia 752 795 1073 2621
Singapore 122 48 48 218
South Africa 290 72 71 433
South Korea 70 24 24 118
Spain 48 24 0 72
Sri Lanka 515 174 473 1162
Thailand 5 23 48 77
Turkey 0 0 24 24
UAE 5798 5186 5885 16869
UK 1378 1230 918 3526
US 311 264 176 750
Yemen 48 48 0 96
TOTAL 79195 55117 66623 200936

Table 1: Australian chickpea exports in March, April and May 2021. Source: ABS

LENTILS March April May Tonnes
Bangladesh 48495 29201 32073 109769
Egypt 12291 0 0 12291
Fiji 0 0 22 22
India 128 250 1477 1855
Indonesia 1 1 0 2
Japan 31 0 24 55
Malaysia 44 0 0 44
Mauritius 69 0 244 313
Nepal 1173 881 2122 4176
New Zealand 46 0 8 54
Pakistan 10532 6459 11352 28343
Saudi Arabia 0 300 0 300
South Africa 125 47 165 337
South Korea 72 0 48 120
Sri Lanka 14485 9418 28630 52534
UAE 4734 663 445 5842
TOTAL 92227 47221 76610 216058

Table 2: Australian lentil exports in March, April and May 2021. Source: ABS

 

 

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