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W7 Sesame Update: India's Summer Sesame Sowing Declined Amid Water Scarcity Concerns, Pakistan's Sesame Export to China Soars Over 126% YoY in 2023

Sesame Seed
China
Published Feb 23, 2024
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In W7 in the sesame seed landscape, India's summer sesame sowing in Gujarat is expected to start in late Feb-24 or early Mar-24, with a projected area of 110 thousand ha, down from 123 thousand ha in 2023, due to potential water scarcity issues. Meanwhile, Pakistan's sesame seed exports to China surged by 126.29% YoY to exceed USD 290 million in 2023, with China importing 166.68 thousand mt of sesame seeds from Pakistan, representing a significant volume increase of 96.13% YoY. Despite challenges, China and Japan continue to be major importers of sesame seeds, maintaining consistent demand for the commodity.

India's Summer Sesame Sowing Declined Amid Water Scarcity

India's summer sesame sowing in Gujarat is anticipated to commence in late Feb-24 or early Mar-24, with an estimated sowing area of 110 thousand hectares (ha), down from 123 thousand ha in 2023, due to potential water scarcity issues, signaling environmental challenges affecting production.

Pakistan's Sesame Seed Exports to China Surged by Over 126% in 2023

Pakistan's sesame seed exports to China in 2023 experienced remarkable growth, surging by 126.29% year-on-year (YoY) to exceed USD 290 million. The General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) reported that China imported 166.68 thousand metric tons (mt) of sesame seeds from Pakistan during the same period, marking a significant increase of 96.13% YoY by volume. Overall, Pakistan's exports to China in 2023 surpassed USD 3.459 billion, reflecting a 1.4% YoY increase. In terms of sesame seed imports, Niger remained the top exporter to China, followed by Pakistan contributing around 19% of the total sesame seed imports to China in 2023.

China and Japan Maintained Strong Demand for Sesame Seeds

China and Japan remain prominent importers of sesame seeds, with China's current port stock reaching around 120 thousand mt, acquired from diverse sources such as Nigeria and Sudan. Meanwhile, Japan imported approximately 176.12 thousand mt of sesame in 2023, maintaining similar levels to its 2022 imports, underscoring the sustained demand for sesame seeds in Asian markets.

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