Cardamom prices edge lower on higher arrivals

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on December 04, 2019

Cardamom market was very strong on Wednesday. File Photo   -  The Hindu

A bright sunny day at Bodinayakanur has not enabled cardamom auctions to maintain positive, with the prices edging lower on Wednesday.

The market, according to traders, continue to remain unsteady and there was a price drop of Rs20 per kg in all varieties. Despite highest arrivals of 80 tonnes in a single session, buyers are hesitant to enter. There was an active participation, but a strong buying was absent.

According to traders, heavy arrivals that too in a downward price trend has created a panic situation. Fluctuations in the market, which is passing through a sceptical mode, also forced growers to hold on their stock. A control on heavy arrivals is expected to boost the market, traders said adding that they are hoping for a favourable situation by next week.

It is also pointed out that more arrivals and higher price realizations indirectly affected the purchasing capacity and ability of buyers to pump in more money for procurement. A consistent higher arrivals hit the liquidity, which is a major reason for a price drop in the last couple of days.

The total quantity on offer today was 103.7 tonnes and the combined average price was Rs2,787.20 per kg (Rs2,814.65).

In the morning session, the auctioneers GreenHouse Cardamom, Puliyanmala offered 17.4 tonnes of 138 lots in which 14.5 tonnes realised an average price of Rs2,758.42 per kg. The highest price quoted for selected lot was Rs3,086 per kg.

South Indian Green Cardamom Company offered 80.9 tonnes of 329 lots in the afternoon trade in which 77.7 tonnes realised an average price of Rs2,815.98 per kg. The highest price quoted for selected lots was Rs3,130 per kg.

Trade analysts Acumen Capital Markets said that the most active cardamom December futures rose 3 per cent or Rs85.60 when last traded at Rs2,920 (2834.40) on Wednesday.

Published on December 04, 2019

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