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Pulses market analysis, 2018 - Monthly report.


World market of pulses, Black Sea region, Ukraine.


Pulses market  

Updated Feb. 27, 2018


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


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In the latest update:


India increased import duty on chickpeas to 40%

India continues taking unexpected regulatory measures to curb pulse imports due to an improving outlook for its own crop, which is going to be abundant. The novelty raised the import duty on chickpeas once again, this time to 40%. It came into force on February 6. Earlier, on December 21, 2017, the government increased the duty on chickpeas and lentils to 30%. Since November 8, pea imports have been limited by a 50% tariff – the highest charge permitted by the WTO. Quantitative import restrictions were imposed on pulses such as tur, moong, urad in August.



Ukrainian lentil production recovering

Back in 2016, lentil production in Ukraine was the lowest among all pulses, but it outstripped such ones as vetch and faba beans already in 2017.

According to preliminary information of the Ukrainian State Statistics Committee, lentil output in Ukraine increased four times in 2017. This surge in production was made possible due to a six-fold expansion of the crop’s planted acreage. So, Ukrainian farmers got the highest-ever harvest of lentils in 2017.

The lentil production upturn in the country is accompanied by an appreciable rise in exports of the commodity. Ukraine has boosted lentil exports 15 times over the last three seasons. Traditionally, Ukrainian exporters supply lentils mostly to the European Union, but they diversify their end markets as exports grow.



Kazakh peas failing to withstand competition

Although the crop of peas in Kazakhstan increased substantially in 2017, their exports have started sinking.  Kazakhstan exported some 10.8 KMT of peas in the first four months of 2017/18 that is more than four times less than it supplied abroad last marketing year (45.2 KMT in September-December 2016/17).

That plunge in deliveries was caused by aggravating competition from Russia and Ukraine for pea importers. Turkey, which was the main export destination for Kazakh peas before, is now fully switched to purchases from Russia and Ukraine. So, Kazakhstan has lost its top pea buyer; only minor importers are still left.



Russian pea exports reached last season’s level in MY 2017/18

In view of considerably increased pea production in Russia in 2017, export shipments of this pulse crop from the country continue hitting new highs. So, their December volume reached a record 139.5 KMT.

In total, 710.2 KMT of peas were already shipped abroad from Russia in the first half of MY 2017/18. This is comparable with shipments for the entire last season.

Traditionally, Turkey remains the largest end market for Russian peas this season, with an export share of 44%. Further growth is reported in pea exports from Russia to India and Bangladesh. So, Russia supplied 153 KMT of peas to the Indian market at the time that is already 47% above last season’s total. Bangladesh doubled their purchases from the country.


At a WTO meeting, Russia expressed concern at raising pulse import duties by India

A meeting of the WTO Agriculture Committee was held in Geneva on February 20-21, 2018. This is the main ground for discussing agricultural commodity trade and support to the agricultural sector, including relevant trade policy measures of WTO member countries, the Russian Economic Development Ministry reports. The Russian delegation put in question some legal issues. In particular, Russia together with the US, the EU, Canada, Australia and Ukraine expressed concern at India’s “prohibitive” duty on pulses, which had adversely impacted on exports of a number of Russian companies.

In addition, the Russian experts drew attention to the possible violation by Turkey of its commitments regarding the scope of support to the agriculture. The point concerns a domestic processing regime that is actually a wheat flour export subsidy.

In addition, the Russian delegation transformed into a multilateral format the discussion of Mongolia-imposed flour import restrictions violating the basic WTO rules.

ED&F Man to expand chickpea plantings 20 times
ATF Agro-Dilo (a daughter entity of ED&F Man) actively experiments with crop cultivation, including finding out if it is possible to get two crops a year. The company got a good chickpea yield last year; therefore, it is going to expand this crop’s plantings in 2018.


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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