Jeera losing market flavour in corona times

Jannie Delucca

The coronavirus-induced lockdown and the exodus of employees have dampened the jeera trade in Unjha, the most significant marketyard in Gujarat.

Trade disruption, caused by demand destruction and sub-ideal operations at the processing units, has pulled down jeera charges by about 10-fifteen for each cent above the final yr.

30% soar in output

The price tag decrease is taking place at a time when farmers are anticipating just about 30 for each cent soar in jeera crop from four,16,600 tonnes documented in 2019 to 5,35,500 tonnes this yr, as projected by the Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) in February this yr.

The place charges pooled by the Countrywide Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX) has quoted jeera charges at ₹1,4265 for each quintal for April 27, 2020, which fell by ₹276 for each quintal inside a 7 days to ₹13,989 on Might four,2020. In futures, NCDEX Might contract quoted at ₹13,770.

In accordance to trade sources, jeera charges hovered in the array of ₹12,250 to ₹13,325 for each quintal at markets in Gujarat, decreased by 10-fifteen for each cent from ₹16,350-16,450 quoted at place markets in Unjha all-around very same time final yr.

Auctions suspended

In accordance to the Unjha APMC officials, the garden has suspended auctions indefinitely because of to the coronavirus scare. “There will be no jeera auctions at the APMC till the pandemic outbreak is brought below handle. It is tricky to sustain social distancing through auctions. So we have made a decision to suspend auctions from Might 5 till even more notice,” stated an business-bearer at the Unjha APMC.

Trade sources, nonetheless, stated that even though auctions are suspended, traders individually carry out investing activity with a lowered workforce. “Arrivals experienced started in February, but because of to the lockdown, not lots of farmers could convey their crop. And we could see continued arrivals till the finish of Might,” stated a jeera trader at Unjha APMC.

Subdued demand

The jeera crop problem is stated to be good and the output is envisioned to be on the strains of projection. But the off-take is confined with important wholesale consuming sectors these types of as restaurants and motels remaining shut.

“They eat about seven-eight for each cent of the over-all jeera gross sales. In addition to that, export orders are not moving because of to brief-staffed processors,” stated Bhavesh Patel, a jeera trader. The important problem for the jeera price-chain is labour availability as traders declare the source pipeline is vacant, but the processors are not able to cater to the demand because of to labour lack.

“We have no clue when the labourers will return, or they will return at all. This uncertainty is even more weakening the charges,” Patel stated.


Complete area below jeera is thought to be higher by 25 for each cent from final yr at 10,25,600 hectares. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two jeera increasing States, in which the acreage has viewed forty for each cent and 16 for each cent soar from final yr to four,39,830 hectares and 5,85,770 hectares, respectively.

The over-all produce is estimated to be in the array of 522 kg for each hectares with a marginal increase of 3 for each cent above final yr.

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