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Mustard seeds: Kazakhstan has a chance to increase production

July 7, 2020 2:55 PM, Der AUDITOR
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NUR-SULTAN. Experts believe that mustard seed production in Kazakhstan could increase this year despite smaller acreages.

Smaller area, higher yields

Kazakh mustard seed production has been subject to considerable fluctuations in recent years. In addition to volatile yields per hectare and areas under cultivation, differences can arise because not all experts share the same opinion. Compared to the official agricultural authorities, the experts at Grain&Oilseeds Kazakhstan schedule significantly smaller areas of land for the annual crop. However, there seems to be a relative consensus on the forecasts for the 2020/2021 season, with figures ranging from 40,000 to 43,000 ha. Based on the average yield of the past five years, Kazakhstan's mustard seed production could increase to 18,800 mt this year, while Grain&Oilseeds Kazakhstan estimates a yield of 16,000 mt for the 2019/2020 season. In addition, about 5,200 mt are expected to remain from the old crop, so that the total availability of Kazakh mustard seeds in 2020/2021 could increase to 25,000 mt.

Mustard seed production Kazakhstan in mt

Year

ha

mt/ha

mt

2020*

40,000

0,47

18,800

2019

50,000

0,32

16,000

2018

60,000

0,60

36,000

2017

17,000

0,70

11,900

2016

12,000

0,40

4,800

2015

16,000

0,40

6,400

Grain&Oilseeds Kazakhstan
*Forecast

Prices are trending downwards

Relatively high prices and a smaller crop ensured that mustard seed exports from Kazakhstan in the first eight months of this season declined by 75% to 5,300 mt. Since the beginning of the year, however, prices have fallen again significantly. Sinapis Alba, 97% purity, EXW Kazakhstan is traded from EUR 0.295 kg, while Brassica Nigra, 98% purity, has fallen to EUR 0.315 per kg EXW.

Mustard seeds, Kazakhstan

Type

EUR/kg

Sinapis Alba, 97% purity

0.295

Brassica Nigra, 98% purity

0.315

EXW North Kazakhstan

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