Russia will not realize its chickpea export potential in 2017/18 season


A slowdown is reported in Russian chickpea exports in MY 2017/18. The country shipped abroad 40% lower volume of chickpeas in the first seven months of the season that is down 40% year-on-year, report UkrAgroConsult’s analysts.

The top importers of Russian chickpeas – Turkey and Pakistan – slashed purchases by half during the first nine months of the current season against the same period a year ago.

Being the second biggest importer in July-March 2016/17, India slashed chickpea imports from Russia six times in the same period this season, from 36 KMT to 5.8 KMT.

Supplies to Egypt and Jordan remain at roughly the same levels.

At the same time, the UAE imported three times as much chickpeas from Russia as in the whole of MY 2016/17. Saudi Arabia increased purchases four times this season.

Shipments to the European Union were up 20% year-over-year at 6.6 KMT this season against 5.4 KMT in the whole of MY 2016/17.

Noteworthy is that chickpea production in Russia increased 31% in 2017, but this season’s export potential of Russian chickpeas will hardly be realized because major consuming countries expanded production of this crop.

More detailed information on pulses market (peas, lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, mung beans, and other niche crops) is available to subscribers for new monthly market report “Pulses report” by UkrAgroConsult.

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.

Please note 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.



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