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Sesame seeds: arrivals fall short of expectations

October 14, 2020 11:40 AM, Der AUDITOR
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NEW DELHI. Arrivals are well short of expectations in India's sesame seed market. As information on the crops in Sudan and Nigeria is very much restricted a high degree of uncertainty prevails in the market. Buyers in Europe are also not much of a help.

Demand declines in Europe

At present, it is difficult to predict a clear market trend. The coronavirus has already prompted a sharp decline in demand. This situation is being exacerbated by the recently discovered ethylene oxide scandal, as some processors in Europe prefer to do without sesame seeds from India for the time being. Exporters in India have, however, repeatedly emphasised that ethylene oxide is only used for fumigation of heat-sensitive products to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.  The gas is not employed in the fields. In the EU, the limit value

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