Australian chickpea and lentils marketers face an uncertain period managing the fallout from tariffs applied by the Indian government last month.
Queensland grain growers have welcomed the Federal Agriculture Minister’s announcement that he will travel to India to attempt to a resolve a trade dispute over chickpea imports.
India’s Parliament has imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported chickpeas and lentils, taking immediate effect.
The Indian Government’s introduction of a 50 per cent tariff on peas has created waves of uncertainty for major exporters, including Australia which supplies this key global pulse market.
Peter McMeekin looks at what lies behind the supply-and-demand outlook for the Australian chickpea crop now being harvested.
National grain farmer representative body, GrainGrowers, will work to enhance export opportunities for Australia’s quality grains, pulses and oilseeds and improve business relationships through consultations with high-ranking government officials and customers as part of Australia Business Week in India this week.
Growth in Australian pulse and grain exports to India is likely to continue in line with the country’s growing population and the percentage of protein in the average diet.
India is expected to remain a volume buyer of Australian wheat until August at least, based on its requirement for methyl bromide fumigation at origin, and competitive ASW pricing against Indian new-crop into destinations in the country’s south.
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Frantic export pace in chickpeas has clocked one million tonnes (Mt) of exports since September.