Jeera losing market flavour in corona times

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

Trade disruption, brought on by demand from customers destruction and sub-optimal functions at the processing models, has pulled down jeera charges by about 10-fifteen per cent around the past calendar year.

thirty% bounce in output

The value decline is happening at a time when farmers are anticipating approximately thirty per cent bounce in jeera crop from four,sixteen,600 tonnes claimed in 2019 to five,35,five hundred tonnes this calendar year, as projected by the Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) in February this calendar year.

The spot charges pooled by the Nationwide Commodity and Derivatives Trade Ltd (NCDEX) has quoted jeera charges at ₹1,4265 per quintal for April 27, 2020, which fell by ₹276 per quintal inside a 7 days to ₹13,989 on May perhaps four,2020. In futures, NCDEX May perhaps agreement quoted at ₹13,770.

According to trade sources, jeera charges hovered in the assortment of ₹12,250 to ₹13,325 per quintal at marketplaces in Gujarat, decrease by 10-fifteen per cent from ₹16,350-sixteen,450 quoted at spot marketplaces in Unjha about very same time past calendar year.

Auctions suspended

According 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 brought less than command. It is challenging to maintain social distancing during auctions. So we have made the decision to suspend auctions from May perhaps five until more detect,” said an workplace-bearer at the Unjha APMC.

Trade sources, nevertheless, said that even however auctions are suspended, traders individually conduct buying and selling exercise with a lowered workforce. “Arrivals experienced begun in February, but thanks to the lockdown, not quite a few farmers could deliver their crop. And we may perhaps see continued arrivals until the close of May perhaps,” said a jeera trader at Unjha APMC.

Subdued demand from customers

The jeera crop situation is said to be excellent and the output is predicted to be on the lines of projection. But the off-acquire is limited with main wholesale consuming sectors this sort of as dining places and hotels remaining closed.

“They eat about 7-8 per cent of the over-all jeera gross sales. In addition to that, export orders are not relocating thanks to limited-staffed processors,” said Bhavesh Patel, a jeera trader. The main obstacle for the jeera value-chain is labour availability as traders claim the provide pipeline is vacant, but the processors are unable to cater to the demand from customers thanks to labour scarcity.

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


Complete spot less than jeera is considered to be increased by 25 per cent from past calendar year at 10,25,600 hectares. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two jeera expanding States, where by the acreage has noticed 40 per cent and sixteen per