Sesame Seeds – Market Report – August 2010

//Sesame Seeds – Market Report – August 2010

Sesame Seeds – Market Report – August 2010

The sesame market has again taken everybody by surprise. The market has firmed substantially during last month on rumors about the Chinese sesame crop being hit by heavy rains & floods. It is projected that this year the Chinese new crop will be at least 25% less compared to last year.

The African origins were the first to firm up on hearing the news about China & later India also joined the group. In regard to India, it was not only the China factor but the poor monsoon due to which there was complete uncertainty about the new crop.

As we all know, Sentiments are stronger than logic, and thus, before anybody could figure out what was happening, the prices went up by more than 15% within a week’s time.

Monsoon in India

The monsoon situation in India has significantly improved in last 10 days & currently, the Indian market is firm & somewhat steady with some movement of 2-3% either ways. Just for your information, a Korean Tender of 7000 MT has been announced & there are very good chances that the Total Quantity would awarded to India. A support to the prices is expected.

As we all know, it is not possible to time the market & confidently comment on the future price trends but what we can do is assess the current & likely trends which might facilitate all of us to somewhat plan our future business strategy.

We offer our comments as follows:

  • It is confirmed news that this year, the new crop in China will be at least 25% less than last year. Many sources assess the deficit to 40-50% but since it is too early to reach conclusion, we would be going by a modest figure of 25% deficit.
  • The prices at all African origins are very firm. No doubt, the prices will calm down from the current levels on arrival of its new crop in November but one should not expect the prices of the new crop to open below USD 1150 PMT FOB. Thus, if the prices at one of the largest sesame growing country (I have considered Africa as a country) remain firm, then it is surely going to have an impact on the prices worldwide.
  • This year, there is confusing news about the sowing in India as well as the production estimate. But looking at the poor realization to farmer during last year, one can assume that the sowing will be less. In regard to production / yield it is difficult to comment as it is too early. Overall, in the current scenario the new crop size is said to be similar to last year or slightly lower. Here, it is important to note that last year the Indian crop size was said to be around 250,000 MT, which is not a good quantity.
  • Other small world origins like Pakistan are also said to be hugely hit by the floods & heavy rains. This might get some additional pressure on the prices.
  • There is some news of crop damage in Myanmar but it is still not confirmed. If you have any good sources please check & let us know.
  • The carry forward stock situation is also not very encouraging. Similarly, the buyers are buying hand to mouth & do not have huge covers. They will need cargo for September & onwards.

In view, of the above factors, we don’t expect the prices to go down drastically during the new crop. Rather, there are good chances that the market may get support after the initial calm after the arrivals.

Note: The exchange rate is also an important factor to watch.

Best regards,

Amrut Bora,

For Bora Agro Foods,
Pune, India.

By |2010-08-10T17:33:10+05:30August 10th, 2010|Sesame Market Reports|13 Comments

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  1. shivnarayan totla August 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

    prices are low in rajasthan as compare gujrat or maharashtra. your studyreport is good about sesame.

    • Rajkumar Mittal September 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      Sir a nice report and news provided by you ,which is beneficial for rajasthan this year production will be atleast 25% more.production area is 70%.
      I am from KOTA rajasthan.and we are expecting arrival of around 7500 to 9000 bags per day in this sesaon.and arrival in other near by mandi is also expected higher,like in ITAWA its is expected 4000 to 5000 bags will come daily.

    • Rajkumar Mittal September 20, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      today prises here in kota also rise up by 200 rupee/quntl. its been sol up to 5700,reason could be the weather its been raining here,today there was no rise,its been cloudy all day.this weather is definitely damaging the crop now,here in kota district of rajasthan there is loss to the crop.

      • siddharth vanvani September 29, 2010 at 3:11 am

        even in UP the crop is damaged by 25percent. but i guess the prices will come down pretty soon as new crop arrival is not far away and there is much of old stock in october 1st or second week,i expect prices to reach level of 5000/tonne as well,as those who hve kept there stock will certainly look to come out of it after shrad.

  2. ashish jain September 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    its seems good for indian market that china crop is less then 25%. indian sesame crop area is quite similar to last but year but when i am looking for yield it might be higher than last beacuse of good monsoon in rajasthan,m.p.,gujrat,u.p…

    • Rajkumar Mittal September 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      crop area for sesame is also quite higher this year,at least in rajasthan.

  3. siddharth vanvani September 29, 2010 at 3:08 am

    i guess the late floods in western up has destroyed 25% of the crop which will certainly have a effect on prices.although sources say that there is much sesame in stock of last year as well so this can have a negative impact on prices as well.every sesame trader is expecting rise in prices from november but i stll say too much of sudden outburst of hidden stock can reduce the prices of raw sesame below 5000 per tonne in traders be cautious.this is certainly gonna be unpredictable tis time.

  4. tanveer October 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

    sir .i am pakistani .in pakistan sesame crop is 60 % this year flood effect sesame crop ans people not growing sesame this year because low prices

  5. tanveer October 2, 2010 at 6:34 am

    pakistan sesame pricesa up this year

  6. Ralph October 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    How is the new crop looking like??

  7. vinod jain October 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

    On which website, we can see the production estimates of sesame.

  8. Elnour Babiker October 17, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Sesame seed white and brown production is expected to be higher than last year. Opening prices of the new season are very high. Prices are expected to stay firm or even rise.

  9. BR V November 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Hello Friends

    What should be movement of price of sesame seeds.

    Rainy season is affecting the arrival of crop. As at Malpura in Rajasthan arrival hasn't caught momentum. Crop in China n Pakistan is adverse. In cold season demand will rise.

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