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Australia: Chickpea opportunities in India may open up

Published Mar 13, 2024

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A smaller than expected chickpea harvest in India, estimated at 10-11 million tonnes, a 10-15% decrease from the previous year, may present export opportunities for Australian producers. The shortfall in India has led to increased domestic prices and a surge in imports of red lentils and yellow peas. This situation could allow Australia to supply chickpeas to countries typically served by India, such as Bangladesh and the UAE. There is also a possibility that India may import Australian chickpeas for the first time since 2018.
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Australian chickpea producers may have better than anticipated export prospects throughout the critical Indian subcontinent region following a smaller than anticipated Indian crop. Grains Australia pulse council members were in India last month as past of the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC) and reported several factors likely to give optimism to Australian chickpea producers, in spite of ongoing trade restrictions with India itself. Pulse council chair Peter Wilson said chickpeas were India's largest pulse crop. This year, the Indian harvest, which is just commencing, is expected to produce around 10-11 million tonnes, which will be the smallest crop for some years and around 10-15 per cent down year on year. Mr Wilson said the smaller crop was forcing a shuffle of demand across the pulse complex in India. "India is already importing large quantities of red lentils and yellow peas to meet protein demand," he said. "The issue is what happens later this year as India consumes pulse ...
Source: Farmweekly
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