Australia exported 43,856 tonnes of chickpeas in May, down 37pc from the April figure of 69,103t, according to the latest data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Thousands of hectares of the eastern Australia cropping belt lie fallow as drought takes hold and the winter sowing window begins to close. Only a fraction of this season’s intended plantings are in the ground, with much of that deep sown.
While much of Central Queensland’s winter-cropping area has been planted, its wheat is in need of a drink to bolster yield prospects and bring the cereal on to an equal footing with chickpeas which have been sown into subsoil moisture.
Pakistan has continued to be a volume buyer of Australian chickpeas, which this week hit a new high for the year of $670/t as importer concerns about dry weather in Australia mount.
Australia’s chickpea exports in April totaled 70,963 tonnes, a 35-per-cent drop from 109,404t shipped in March, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) latest export data.
Growers in pockets of NSW are planting more pulses than they expected to at the start of the year because of the seed’s ability to access subsoil moisture in the face of little to no planting rain to date in some areas, and healthy price prospects for pulses suitable for stockfeed.
The latest research is finding that chickpeas can win the competition against sowthistle. Growing a chickpea crop at narrow row spacing and high crop density in northern cropping regions can greatly reduce sowthistle seed production without reducing chickpea yield.
Today’s commentary from pulse trader Rob Brealey helps to explain how finely balanced Australia’s chickpea market might be this year in the context of India’s agricultural support policies.
Pre-Ramadan buying from Bangladesh has kicked Australian chickpea exports to a monthly high for 2018 of 119,428 tonnes, an increase of 116 per cent from the February shipment figure of 55,253t, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics export data.
Pulse exporter Agromin Australia has expanded its market share in South Asia through becoming a stakeholder in Victorian packing house, Peaco,