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Sesame seeds: sowing 17% down on last year

July 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM , Der AUDITOR
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NEW DELHI. Farmers in India are busy sowing sesame seeds for the kharif crop. Recently issued data by the Directorate of Oilseeds Development in Hyderabad has, however, confirmed concerns. Buyers in Germany have turned to alternative sources as newly issued import data shows.

Delays everywhere

Although the government raised the minimum price for sesame seeds for the kharif crop, concerns were voiced that many large producers would still switch to more attractive crops such as groundnuts or soybeans. Adverse weather conditions have also delayed sowing in many areas. As the Directorate for Oilseeds Development reports a total area of 414,500 ha had been sown in India by 15 July. Last year, sowing had, however, already been completed on 501,000 ha. As the average area sown ranges at 1.31 million ha it can be stated that sowing is only one t

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