The general situation
The government in India has so far denied rumours that the curfew may be extended beyond 21 April. According to a letter from the authorities in Andhra Pradesh, certain industries are exempt from the curfew and are allowed to continue operations, as long as they stick to the necessary precautionary measures. Oil and grain mills, pharmaceutical and agricultural companies are allowed to operate.
No harvest restrictions
All export activties have been suspended for the time being, as the ports are closed. Traders, however, report that sowing is progressing normally and an update is expected in mid-April. Since there are basically no offers coming from Sudan and Nigeria at the moment, some traders are convinced that demand and prices will surge after the exit ban has been lifted in India. The recent sesame seed tender from South Korea could not be completed as planned due to the measures in place to contain the virus in the producing countries. A new tender will most crtainly be issued after the curfew.