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

Trade disruption, prompted by desire destruction and sub-best operations at the processing models, has pulled down jeera rates by about 10-15 per cent about the final year.

thirty% jump in output

The price drop is happening at a time when farmers are expecting practically thirty per cent jump in jeera crop from four,16,600 tonnes claimed in 2019 to five,35,500 tonnes this year, as projected by the Federation of Indian Spice Stakeholders (FISS) in February this year.

The place rates pooled by the National Commodity and Derivatives Trade Ltd (NCDEX) has quoted jeera rates at ₹1,4265 per quintal for April 27, 2020, which fell by ₹276 per quintal within just a week to ₹13,989 on Could four,2020. In futures, NCDEX Could deal quoted at ₹13,770.

In accordance to trade resources, jeera rates hovered in the array of ₹12,250 to ₹13,325 per quintal at marketplaces in Gujarat, reduce by 10-15 per cent from ₹16,350-16,450 quoted at place marketplaces in Unjha all over very same time final year.

Auctions suspended

In accordance to the Unjha APMC officials, the property has suspended auctions indefinitely owing to the coronavirus scare. “There will be no jeera auctions at the APMC until the pandemic outbreak is brought under control. It is hard to manage social distancing for the duration of auctions. So we have resolved to suspend auctions from Could five until further more observe,” stated an office environment-bearer at the Unjha APMC.

Trade resources, on the other hand, stated that even nevertheless auctions are suspended, traders separately carry out buying and selling activity with a minimized workforce. “Arrivals had begun in February, but owing to the lockdown, not many farmers could provide their crop. And we might see ongoing arrivals until the finish of Could,” stated a jeera trader at Unjha APMC.

Subdued desire

The jeera crop affliction is stated to be good and the output is envisioned to be on the strains of projection. But the off-get is restricted with important wholesale consuming sectors these types of as dining places and inns remaining shut.

“They take in about seven-8 per cent of the all round jeera sales. In addition to that, export orders are not going owing to shorter-staffed processors,” stated Bhavesh Patel, a jeera trader. The important obstacle for the jeera price-chain is labour availability as traders assert the offer pipeline is vacant, but the processors are not able to cater to the desire owing to labour shortage.

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


Total area under jeera is thought to be higher by twenty five per cent from final year at 10,twenty five,600 hectares. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two jeera growing States, in which the acreage has viewed 40 per cent and 16 per cent jump from final year to four,39,830 hectares and five,eighty five,770 hectares, respectively.

The all round generate is approximated to be in the array of 522 kg per hectares with a marginal improve of 3 per cent about final year.