December 5, 2022


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Jeera losing market flavour in corona times

The coronavirus-induced lockdown and the exodus of staff have dampened the jeera trade in Unjha, the major marketyard in Gujarat.

Trade disruption, brought about by demand destruction and sub-ideal operations at the processing units, has pulled down jeera price ranges by about ten-fifteen for every cent more than the past year.

30% soar in output

The rate decline is going on at a time when farmers are anticipating nearly 30 for every cent soar in jeera crop from four,sixteen,600 tonnes claimed in 2019 to 5,35,five hundred tonnes this year, as projected by the Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) in February this year.

The place price ranges pooled by the National Commodity and Derivatives Trade Ltd (NCDEX) has quoted jeera price ranges at ₹1,4265 for every quintal for April 27, 2020, which fell by ₹276 for every quintal within a 7 days to ₹13,989 on May perhaps four,2020. In futures, NCDEX May perhaps contract quoted at ₹13,770.

In accordance to trade sources, jeera price ranges hovered in the vary of ₹12,250 to ₹13,325 for every quintal at marketplaces in Gujarat, lessen by ten-fifteen for every cent from ₹16,350-sixteen,450 quoted at place marketplaces in Unjha all around similar time past year.

Auctions suspended

In accordance to the Unjha APMC officials, the yard has suspended auctions indefinitely thanks to the coronavirus scare. “There will be no jeera auctions at the APMC until the pandemic outbreak is introduced underneath control. It is tough to retain social distancing through auctions. So we have made the decision to suspend auctions from May perhaps 5 until additional notice,” claimed an business office-bearer at the Unjha APMC.

Trade sources, nonetheless, claimed that even although auctions are suspended, traders individually perform investing action with a lessened workforce. “Arrivals experienced started in February, but thanks to the lockdown, not many farmers could convey their crop. And we might see continued arrivals until the finish of May perhaps,” claimed a jeera trader at Unjha APMC.

Subdued demand

The jeera crop ailment is claimed to be fantastic and the output is envisioned to be on the lines of projection. But the off-just take is restricted with important wholesale consuming sectors this sort of as dining places and hotels remaining shut.

“They take in about 7-eight for every cent of the general jeera income. In addition to that, export orders are not relocating thanks to brief-staffed processors,” claimed Bhavesh Patel, a jeera trader. The important problem for the jeera benefit-chain is labour availability as traders declare the source pipeline is empty, but the processors are not able to cater to the demand thanks to labour scarcity.

“We have no clue when the labourers will return, or they will return at all. This uncertainty is additional weakening the price ranges,” Patel claimed.


Overall region underneath jeera is considered to be bigger by twenty five for every cent from past year at ten,twenty five,600 hectares. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two jeera rising States, the place the acreage has noticed forty for every cent and sixteen for every cent soar from past year to four,39,830 hectares and 5,85,770 hectares, respectively.

The general yield is believed to be in the vary of 522 kg for every hectares with a marginal raise of three for every cent more than past year.