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Millet: harvesting underway in Ukraine and Belarus

September 8, 2021 at 1:52 PM, Der AUDITOR
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BEIJING/KIEV. Recently issued USDA estimates state that global millet production will range at 31.11 million mt this year. This is roughly on par with last year. While production in India is set to rise by more than 2% to 12.80 million mt, production in Niger is expected to decline by more than 1% to 3.80 million mt. Production in China should be similar in size to last year.

Exporters will only set their prices for the new crop once harvesting has started in China next week. The USDA estimates production in China at 2.30 million mt, which is equal in size to last year. Harvesting is, meanwhile, underway in Ukraine and in Belarus. At present, 58,200 mt of millet have been harvested in Ukraine so far and yields range at 2.23 mt/ha. Production is expected to reach 150,000 mt. In Belarus 4,450 mt have been harvested on 1,940 ha so far, which is one third of the area sown.

Millet production in 1,000 mt

Country

2020/21

2021/22

Diff.

India

12,500

12,800

2.4%

Niger

3,850

3,800

-1.3%

China

2,300

2,300

0.0%

Nigeria

2,000

2,000

0.0%

Mali

1,941

1,800

-7.3%

Sudan

1,500

1,500

0.0%

Ethiopia

1,100

1,100

0.0%

Burkina Faso

985

1,000

1.5%

Russia

392

300

-23.5%

Ukraine

260

150

-42.3%

Others

4,290

4,360

1.6%

Total

31,118

31,110

0.0%

USDA FAS

Germany cuts imports

Germany imported 21,982 mt of millet between September 2020 and June 2021, which is a 9% decline on the same period in 2019/2020. While shipments from Ukraine, France and Austria are up, shipments from Poland have declined by 23% to 2,787 mt. Shipments from Russia are also down. Hulled organic millet with a 99.9% purity from Poland is trading at EUR 1.20/kg DDP Germany for the new crop.

Millet imports, Germany in mt

Country

2019/20

2020/21

Diff.

Ukraine

5,406

6,359

17.6%

France

4,329

5,269

21.7%

Austria

2,867

4,086

42.5%

Poland

3,594

2,787

-22.5%

Netherlands

1,142

1,048

-8.2%

China

721

710

-1.5%

Kazakhstan

382

400

4.7%

Russia

2,564

256

-90.0%

Romania

1,650

0

-100.0%

Others

1,511

1,067

-29.4%

Total

24,166

21,982

-9.0%

Federal Statistical Office of Germany / Sep-Jun

10082900 Millet (excl. grain sorghum, and seed for sowing)

 

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