PANAMA - Sep 8/20 - SNS -- Production of Australia's five major pulses is expected to climb 40.6% over last year to reach 2.581 million metric tons (MT), according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).
Even so, output remains below the recent five year average of 2.745 million MT, reflecting grower uncertainty over demand prospects on the Indian subcontinent because of India's high import duties and quantitative limits n imports of some types of pulses.
ABARES noted, "Favorable climatic conditions during spring are expected to support the ongoing development of winter crops and provide a good foundation for summer crops.
"The Bureau of Meteorology's latest three-month climate outlook (September to November), issued on 3 September 2020, indicates spring rainfall is likely to be above average in most cropping regions. However, there are roughly equal chances of higher or lower than average spring rainfall in most cropping regions in Western Australia and below average spring rainfall is most likely in the Geraldton zone and part of the Kwinana zone."
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