India’s oilmeal exports drop over 79% in December 2019

India’s oilmeals export fell sharply by 79.20 per cent to 67,562 tonnes in December 2019, due to price disparity in soybean meal, industry body SEA said.

The country had shipped 3,24,927 tonnes of oilmeals during December 2018. Oilmeals are used as animal feed in poultry and other sectors.

Overall shipment of oilmeals during April-December period of the current fiscal declined by 25 per cent to 18.02 lakh tonnes as against 24.11 lakh tonnes a year ago, according to the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA).

“This is mainly due to disparity in export of oilmeals, specifically soybean meal due to higher minimum support price (MSP) of beans which makes the domestic soybean meal expensive in international market compared to other origins,” the SEA said in a statement.

The shipment of soyabean extract fell significantly to 5,876 tonnes during December 2019 from 1,70,588 tonnes in the year-ago period, it said.

Similarly, export of rapeseed extract declined to 24,609 tonnes from 87,106 tonnes, while that of rice bran extract to 3,550 tonnes from 49,060 tonnes in the said period, it added.

However, export of castormeal jumped by nearly 60 per cent to 4,69,248 tonnes in December 2019 from 2,92,511 tonnes in December 2018. South East Asian nations, the Middle East as well as European countries like Germany besides the US are the main export market for Indian oilmeals.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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