Field spice crop prospects look bright this season

Joseph B. Hash

  Great monsoon and bigger acreage, supported by favourable weather conditions conditions, have brightened crop prospective buyers for essential field spices – developed on the field and not on the plants – which includes cumin seed (jeera) and coriander seeds (dhana), among many others. The Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders […]

 

Great monsoon and bigger acreage, supported by favourable weather conditions conditions, have brightened crop prospective buyers for essential field spices – developed on the field and not on the plants – which includes cumin seed (jeera) and coriander seeds (dhana), among many others.

The Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) on Sunday launched its crop estimate for jeera with 29 for each cent soar in crop dimensions from very last yr, from 4,sixteen,600 tonnes in 2019 to five,35,500 tonnes this yr.

Larger acreage

The full location beneath jeera has amplified by about 25 for each cent at 10,25,600 hectares. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two jeera rising States, exactly where the acreage has noticed forty for each cent and sixteen for each cent soar from very last yr, respectively, to 4,39,830 hectares and five,eighty five,770 hectares. The all round produce is believed to be in the array of 522 kg for each hectare with a marginal boost of three for each cent around very last yr.

 

 

“After a very good monsoon, favourable weather conditions conditions have supported the crop. Even so, there are some worry for the next two-three weeks as most of the crop is continue to standing in the fields and any climatic disturbance at this stage may perhaps adversely impact the crop,” mentioned Ashwin Nayak, former chairman, Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS), right after the marketplace meet in Udaipur on Sunday.

The marketplace is concerned about the cost outlook amid the world coronavirus scare and amplified crop estimates. China and Europe are the main locations for jeera exports. With uncertainty around exports and amplified output estimates, prices are possible to get a hammering both in spot as properly as futures. The spot prices have by now fallen to ₹13,903.55 a quintal, which is ₹600-700 tumble within just a month. Jeera futures for March deal on NCDEX was also down at ₹13,605.

Coriander seed is also possible to see a sharp 55 for each cent soar in the all round output supported by a steep 275-for each cent surge in acreage in Gujarat at 1,fourteen,320 hectares this yr as against thirty,500 hectares very last yr. The crop dimensions in Gujarat is expected to be bigger by 293 for each cent to 1,52,770 tonnes for the yr.

While Madhya Pradesh is set to see a modest increase in the output with 25 for each cent soar, Rajasthan will see a tumble of about 8 for each cent in the output around very last yr. Larger crop prospective buyers has also brought down coriander seed futures on NCDEX which fell from ₹7,548 for each quintal in January 2020 to ₹5,835 for the April deal.

The other main field spices crops, fennel seed and fenugreek, FISS has believed an boost in output by 19 for each cent and 32 for each cent respectively. Fennel seed crop is believed at 89,970 tonnes, although fenugreek output is projected at 1,65,810 tonnes for 2020.

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