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Pulses market analysis, 2018 - Monthly report.


World market of pulses, Black Sea region, Ukraine.


Pulses market  

Updated July 28, 2018


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You are looking at a specialized monthly report focused on Black Sea pulses, though it also presents a detailed analysis of world pulse market trends and prices.

The analytical material is broken down by the region’s key pulse producers: Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Romania and Bulgaria.

The report updates embrace crops such as peas, lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, mung beans, and other niche crops.


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The monthly analytical report on pulses contains the following:

  • detailed analysis of events in the world and Black Sea pulse markets
  • global trends and competition
  • key drivers of demand for Black Sea pulses
  • estimates for global production and exports
  • peculiarities of regional pulse production, margin estimates
  • pulse price trends and factorial analysis of pricing
  • production forecasts, impact of weather conditions
  • supply and demand balances for pulses
  • end markets for Black Sea pulses
  • ranking of pulse exporting companies
  • monitoring of the regulatory framework
  • company news


Latest issues


In the latest update:

Pea production in Ukraine will not set a new record

The harvest of peas in Ukraine is in full swing. It is roughly 80% complete. Despite further expansion of Ukraine’s acreage of peas in 2018, their production will not set a new record this year, contrary to earlier expectations.

Soil moisture shortages during the period of pea growing and ripening had an adverse effect on pea yield (the same concerns other early spring crops in Ukraine). Drought in the Steppe zone of the country, where more than 50% of Ukrainian pea plantings are located, has substantially decreased yield potential of this crop. Pea yields are somewhat better in some regions lying within the Forest and Forest-Steppe zones, but this will not improve the overall situation in Ukraine considerably.

In addition, rains that have fallen in Ukraine over the past two weeks will result in heavier losses while harvesting the remaining peas.


UkrAgroConsult reduced its forecast for this year’s pea production in Ukraine.


Russian pea exports gained 72% in MY 2017/18

Russia exported 72% more peas during the first 11 months of MY 2017/18 (July - May) than in the whole of last season. Traditionally, Turkey continues to be the top buyer of Russian peas this season. In the period under review, deliveries to this country increased by 7%.

Further growth is observed in pea exports from Russia to India and the EU. Pakistan, Bangladesh and the UAE also import Russian peas at a faster pace than last season.


Ukraine: chickpea crop may double

According to estimates made by the Ukrainian Pulses Association, Ukrainian farmers will harvest almost twice as much chickpeas as last year. For several years in a row now, chickpeas have been one of the most profitable pulse crops. Ukrainian growers export them to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and even Europe.

Production of green lentils will also increase this year. A rise is expected in the crop of kidney beans. Red lentils and peas will remain at last year’s levels.


Kazakh lentil sales to Afghanistan increased fourfold in MY 2017/18

During the first eight months of MY 2017/18 (September-April), Kazakhstan shipped abroad 9% less of lentils than in the same period last season.

In the current season, Kazakhstan reduced lentil deliveries to their key destination – Turkey. The country imported 13% less of commodity than at the same time last year.

The second largest importer – Iran – imported already 6% more than in the whole of MY 2016/17.

A substantial rise is seen in lentil shipments from Kazakhstan to Afghanistan. Pakistan, the third biggest buyer of Kazakh lentils in MY 2016/17, showed no interest in their supplies from Kazakhstan this season.


Egypt increases dry bean exports y/y

In its monthly report Agriculture Export Council of Egypt (AEC) informed that over the past 7 months (from September 2017 to March 2018), the volume of agricultural exports increased by 2 percent to $1.345 bln. against $1.312 bln. during the same period of 2016-2017 MY.

The council said that the quantities exported over the past seven months increased by 13% to 2.58 MMT compared to 2.29 MMT y/y. In particular, exports of dry beans grew.



•    USA increases dry bean exports to EU
•    Australia reduces chickpea exports
•    Drought lowers crop potential in United Kingdom
•    Canada: yellow pea price in ports is going down


What the global pulse market trend is like

Global production of pulse crops increases steadily and is predicted to reach 60 MMT by 2020. The greatest contributor to this gain is expected to be the Black Sea region.

In response to the increasing demand from both the European and Asian markets, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Kazakhstan have been expanding their planted areas for a second year in a row.

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Significant expansion of the planted acreage

Pea plantings expand against the 2015 low both in Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine’s pea crop hit a 20-year high in 2017.

Foreign demand

While domestic consumption of pulses is still limited, the key factor promoting production is foreign demand. Black Sea pulses are in demand from both Europe and the fast-growing Asian market.
Ukraine and Russia have joined the ranks of the world’s largest pea exporters this season and, in all probability, they intend to reinforce their market positions next season, too.


Specialization within the region

While Ukraine has focused on growing of peas, Russia and Kazakhstan produce significant volumes of chickpeas and lentils, respectively. Over just three years, Kazakh lentil plantings expanded from 7 Th ha to more than 300 Th ha sown for the 2017 harvest.


Detailed contents, description of tables and diagrams:

1. Pulse prices
2. Key trends of the world market
2.1. Peas
2.2. Lentils
3. Trends in Black Sea countries
4. Foreign economic activity
5. Market news


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