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Jeera Sowing in Gujarat up by 136% from Normal Area

As per Gujarat Govt., normal Jeera sowing area in the State is around 280,300 hectares. Current year as on 08 January, sowing area is around 382,600 hectares as compared to 278,700 hectares last year. Major zone wise area reported 35,100 hectares in Kutch, North Gujarat 141,500 hectares, Middle Gujarat 19,900 hectares, Saurashtra 186,100 hectares. 
Increasing prices through out the year is the main reason for higher sowing area. In 2017, yearly average price at Unjha mandi Rs.18640/-qtl as compared to last year same period Rs.16762/-qtl.
We expect that prices may not sustain at higher prices level in coming days as sowing area reported up in both Gujarat and Rajasthan along with an expected higher production current year. Jeera standing crop reported well in Gujarat due to favourable weather condition. We expect prices to trade in a range between Rs.17000 – 18000/-qtl in peak arrivals season.