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Australia ships 56,502t Jan chickpeas ahead of rabi crop

Liz Wells, March 10, 2020

The Yangtze Flourish in Mackay prior to loading what the trade expects will be the last bulk chickpeas to Bangladesh for the current season. Photo: GrainCorp

AUSTRALIA shipped 56,502t of chickpeas in January, up 2 per cent from 55,296t exported in December, according to the latest export figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

This is ahead of an expected slowdown in export sales as Bangladesh and Pakistan switch attention to the region’s rabi (winter) crop.

“We are heading towards our new-crop, with harvesting scheduled to start in mid-April,” Pakistan Pulses and Importers Association president Muhammad Ahmed said.

“The current situation of the crop is promising, and we are all set to produce a crop of 600,000 tonnes, which should be sufficient to fulfil our domestic requirement.

“However, the weather needs to be monitored for the next month or so, as last year also we had harsh weather during this time which reduced our crop size by 100,000-150,000t.”

Mr Ahmed said Pakistan had stopped buying imported chickpeas, as its domestic prices were expected to ease on supply-side pressure from its own new-crop.

In India’s absence, Bangladesh and Pakistan have been Australia’s two biggest chickpea markets.

While Pakistan is a containerised market, Bangladesh is a bulk one, and the market understands the last part-cargo for the season is now on its way to Chittagong.

It loaded late last month in the Queensland port of Mackay, before filling up in Adelaide with lentils, also bound for Bangladesh.

India, traditionally Australia’s biggest market, remains closed to volume purchases of Australian chickpeas.

India has been well supplied by its 2019 rabi chickpea crop of close to 10 million tonnes (Mt), and has started harvesting this year’s crop which is forecast to total 11Mt.

CHICKPEAS Nov Dec Jan Tonnes
Bangladesh 19493 33814 36801 90109
Canada 864 1173 1104 3141
Egypt 198 250 125 573
Fiji 0 19 0 19
Greece 0 48 0 48
India 124 249 121 494
Israel 0 24 0 24
Italy 24 24 24 72
Jordan 120 25 0 145
Malaysia 48 143 49 240
Mauritius 97 74 50 221
Nepal 2569 1272 0 3841
New Zealand 13 27 14 53
Oman 48 0 0 48
Pakistan 12047 12004 13073 37125
Romania 24 0 0 24
Singapore 27 48 0 75
South Africa 24 0 0 24
Spain 24 120 48 192
Sri Lanka 72 48 244 364
Thailand 48 12 24 84
UAE 3316 4304 3939 11560
UK 806 1446 763 3015
US 62 170 22 254
Yemen 50 0 100 150
TOTAL 40099 55296 56502 151896

Table 1: ABS Australian chickpea export data for November and December 2019 and January 2020.

 

 

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  1. Pakcommodities, March 11, 2020

    Desi chickpea crop conditions are not good at the moment.

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