For 2018-19 , despite higher yields, production is estimated to decrease by 13% to 2.2 Mt due to lower harvested area. However, the production of large green lentils is forecast to be higher than last year at 0.7 Mt while the production of red lentils is expected to be lower than last year at 1.2 Mt. Production of the other remaining lentil types is expected to be higher than last year at nearly 0.3 Mt.
Supply, however, is expected to increase by 8% due to large carry-in stocks. Exports are expected to rise to 1.9 Mt, with Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the EU expected to remain the top three export markets. Domestic use is forecast to be the same as last year. Carry-out stocks are forecast to be lower than the previous year. The overall average price is forecast to be lower than 2017-18. Harvest reports suggest a much higher No.1 and No.2 grade distribution than in 2017-18. Large green lentil prices are forecast to have a smaller premium over red lentil prices than last year.
|Seeded Area||Thousand Hectares||2254||1783||1525|
|Harvested Area||Thousand Hectares||2221||1774||1508|
|Yield||Tonnes Per Hectares||1.44||1.44||1.48|
|Total Supply||Thousand Tonnes||3365||2908||3140|
|Total Domestic Use||Thousand Tonnes||595||495||490|
|Carry-out Stocks||Thousand Tonnes||315||876||750|