Field spice crop prospects look bright this season

Jannie Delucca


Great monsoon and greater acreage, supported by favourable weather conditions, have brightened crop prospects for important discipline spices – grown on the discipline and not on the crops – like cumin seed (jeera) and coriander seeds (dhana), among other individuals.

The Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) on Sunday introduced its crop estimate for jeera with 29 for each cent soar in crop dimensions from previous calendar year, from four,16,600 tonnes in 2019 to 5,35,five hundred tonnes this calendar year.

Larger acreage

The overall area underneath jeera has amplified by about 25 for each cent at ten,25,600 hectares. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two jeera developing States, wherever the acreage has noticed forty for each cent and 16 for each cent soar from previous calendar year, respectively, to four,39,830 hectares and 5,85,770 hectares. The all round generate is approximated to be in the selection of 522 kg for each hectare with a marginal increase of 3 for each cent in excess of previous calendar year.



“After a good monsoon, favourable weather conditions have supported the crop. Having said that, there are some worry for the following 2-3 weeks as most of the crop is still standing in the fields and any climatic disturbance at this phase may well adversely have an effect on the crop,” reported Ashwin Nayak, previous chairman, Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS), after the industry meet in Udaipur on Sunday.

The industry is involved about the cost outlook amid the world coronavirus scare and amplified crop estimates. China and Europe are the significant places for jeera exports. With uncertainty in excess of exports and amplified output estimates, costs are likely to get a hammering the two in place as properly as futures. The place costs have already fallen to ₹13,903.55 a quintal, which is ₹600-seven hundred fall within a thirty day period. Jeera futures for March deal on NCDEX was also down at ₹13,605.

Coriander seed is also likely 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 one,fourteen,320 hectares this calendar year as versus 30,five hundred hectares previous calendar year. The crop dimensions in Gujarat is predicted to be greater by 293 for each cent to one,fifty two,770 tonnes for the calendar year.

When Madhya Pradesh is set to see a modest increase in the output with 25 for each cent soar, Rajasthan will see a fall of about 8 for each cent in the output in excess of previous calendar year. Larger crop prospects 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 significant discipline spices crops, fennel seed and fenugreek, FISS has approximated an increase in output by 19 for each cent and 32 for each cent respectively. Fennel seed crop is approximated at 89,970 tonnes, although fenugreek output is projected at one,sixty five,810 tonnes for 2020.

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