Cropping

Australia’s June chickpea exports plunge to new low of 25,142t

Liz Wells, August 7, 2018

AUSTRALIAN Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows Australia’s chickpea exports in June dropped to 25,142 tonnes, a low of recent times, which reflects dwindling supply from the crop grown in 2018, and an absence of demand from volume buyers other than Pakistan.

News from India, traditionally Australia’s biggest market, has said its government is preparing to subsidise the sale of pulses into its domestic market to help reduce the country’s massive stockpile.

Traders said this was unlikely to stimulate any demand for Australian pulses in the near-term, and the market has been focused on production prospects for new-crop, which Pulse Australia last week forecast at 300,000t.

Associated Grain CEO, Todd Jorgensen, said the news has strengthened bids from Australian buyers, and boosted new-crop values by around $60-$70 per tonne to $780/t delivered Darling Downs October-November.

“Prices have gone up new-crop, but the overseas market doesn’t see Pulse Australia’s figure: they have this idea we will produce 400,000t,” Mr Jorgensen said.

While crop prospects are promising in much of Central Queensland, yield prospects for the limited area in New South Wales and southern Queensland, including the Darling Downs, are well below average due to limited moisture throughout the growing season.

Destination April May June Tonnes
Bangladesh 27392 10206 408 38006
Canada 523 965 195 1683
Egypt 127 231 0 358
Fiji 0 13 8 21
Greece 25 0 0 25
India 1 119 250 370
Iran 484 262 115 861
Israel 243 0 0 243
Italy 100 49 123 272
Japan 21 0 24 45
Jordan 554 125 149 828
Korea 0 80 0 80
Lebanon 129 7 50 186
Malaysia 243 171 23 437
Mauritius 169 99 46 314
Nepal 0 0 358 358
Netherlands 0 170 48 218
New Zealand 25 4 11 40
Pakistan 33671 26059 19367 79097
Papua New Guinea 1 1 0 2
Philippines 0 25 0 25
Poland 48 24 0 72
Portugal 751 495 0 1246
Saudi Arabia 483 0 123 606
Singapore 0 48 27 75
South Africa 50 25 24 99
Spain 25 50 25 100
Sri Lanka 25 50 25 100
Thailand 26 2 25 53
Trinidad, Tobago 100 25 125
Turkey 141 25 166
UAE 2726 1929 2958 7613
UK 804 409 218 1431
USA 407 313 156 876
Vietnam 0 0 336 336
Yemen 50 48 0 98
TOTAL 69103 42220 25142 136465

 

 

 

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