Rajasthan trade body urges govt to lift GST on mustard to boost crop

Rajasthan Khadya Padarth Vyapar Sangh urged the Centre to remove mustard from the purview of goods and services tax to boost production and restrict imports of mustard oil. Since Rajasthan is the country’s largest grower of mustard, the current 5% GST on the oilseed make its trade less attractive, and may eventually hit the output. Owing to GST of 5% on sugar, consumers have to bear a tax burden of 200 rupees per 100 kg. The mandi cess of 1.60% adds an additional burden of 65 rupees on the consumers.

Mustard prices down in Jaipur; arrivals unchanged

Prices of mustard fell in benchmark Jaipur market amid high inventories and steady arrivals. Arrivals across the country were pegged at 145,000 bags (1 bag = 85 kg), unchanged from the previous day. Futures contracts of mustard also fell on the NCDEX, tracking the decline in spot rates. Worries of lower acreage this season are, however, seen cushioning the fall in prices.

Rapeseed to decline in EU as biofuel wanes

Rapeseed lose ground as a crop in the European Union in the next decade as biofuel demand wanes and other oilseeds capture more growth from edible oil and livestock feed markets. A sharp decline in the rapeseed area, to around 6 million hectares by 2030-31 versus an average 6.5 million in the past five years, would outweigh improving yields and push down production. Farm-level rapeseed production was projected to decline to 20.7 million tonnes by 2030-31. The EU produced an estimated 21.7 million in the current crop year.

Officials forecast increase in Bulgarian rapeseed production

The Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture has increased the country’s 2017-18 rapeseed production forecast by nearly 6% from an estimate earlier this year, to 460,000 tonnes, due to higher yields. Average rapeseed yield in Bulgaria has risen to 2.84 tonnes per acre from the previous estimate, but that is still 3.7% lower than the average yield in 2016-17, when total rapeseed production was 509,000 tonnes.

NCDEX withdraws notice for 1% discount to decide mustard poll price

The National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange has withdrawn the circular that said spot polling price of mustard shall be arrived at, after considering a discount of 1%. The discounted polled spot prices were supposed to be applicable from Feb 5 for contracts expiring in April and thereafter.

Mustard seed futures up on positive spot cues

Mustard seed prices were higher by Rs 23 per quintal in futures trade on accumulation of positions amid higher physical sentiments. Marketmen attributed the uptick in mustard seed futures prices to pick-up in demand for oil mills amid tight arrivals from producing belts in physical markets. NCDEX mustard seed delivery for December contracts advanced 0.58 per cent.

NCDEX mustard gains on short covering post 3-week low.

The January futures contract of mustard seed on NCDEX rose as investors covered their short positions after prices hit a three-week low. The most active January contract on NCDEX was up 0.7%. Lower mustard acreage this year also supported prices.

Rajasthan mustard farmers asked to use pesticides

The Agrimet division of the India Meteorological Department has advised mustard farmers in Rajasthan to spray pesticides to control the spread of aphids. The pest destroys the growth the plant and hits yield. Rajasthan is the top mustard producing state in the country. The state’s mustard acreage was at 2 mln ha as of Nov 30, down 26% from a year ago.

India Mustard seed futures drop 0.60 per cent

Mustard seed traded lower by 0.60 per cent in futures trade as speculators offloaded holdings in line with a weak trend at the physical markets. The most-active delivery in January month contract also fell by 0.42 per cent.

Mustard down in Jaipur as high prices weigh on demand

Prices of mustard seed fell in the key wholesale market of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Despite lower acreage under the crop in 2017-18, higher carryover stocks of the seed in the local market are seen weighing on the sentiments. The most active January contract of mustard seed on the NCDEX traded down 0.7% taking cues from the spot market.

Abares raised its estimate for Australia’s 2017-18 canola

Abares raised its estimate for Australia’s 2017-18 canola crop by 100,000 tonnes to 2.85m tonnes, citing an improvement to prospects in Western Australia, which more than offset the setbacks in New South Wales from extremes of excessive wemetric tonneess, following on from drought.

Ukraine Mustard market continued recovering this year

Mustard production by large and medium-sized plants of the fat-and-oil industry grew to 828 MT in October 2017, or 14% more than in the previous month (725 MT) and up 32.5% from October 2016 (625 MT). Production amounted to 6.7 KMT in January-October, or up 15% year-on-year (5.8 KMT in January-October 2016).

India November mustard seed crushing up around 6% on month at 475,000 tonne

Mustard oil mills across the country crushed 475,000 metric tonne of the oilseed in November, up nearly 6% on month. Crushing rose in November due to higher arrivals in wholesale markets. Farmers liquidated stocks to raise money for rabi sowing. Since the beginning of the crushing season in February, oil mills have crushed about 5.3 million metric tonne of mustard seed compared with the total supply of 5.4 million metric tonne.

Ukraine Rapeseed becoming the most profitable crop for growers

Among oilseeds, only rapeseed production margin continues moving upwards. According to the forecast of the Institute scientists, its margin of profit increase to 58.8% against 44.9% in 2016 and 44.3% in 2015. The downward trend in sunseed production profitability persist: 30.8% in 2017 against 80.5% in 2015 and 63% in 2016. So, its percentage more than halved from last year. Soybean production margin may fall to 25.4% that is half as high as in 2016.

EU almost doubled rapeseed imports from Ukraine

Ukraine exported 343.9 KMT of rapeseed in October 2017/18, or half as much as in the previous month. As a reminder, Ukrainian rapeseed exports reached a record 700.5 KMT in September 2017. Roughly 1680 KMT was shipped abroad in July-October 2017/18, during the most productive months for the rapeseed market. This volume is much larger than in the last three seasons, but down 5.8% from the record set in the same month in MY 2013/14 (1783.4 KMT). Rapeseed supplies to the EU continue gaining pace in the current season (1366.7 KMT against 747.5 KMT a year ago).