January 11, 2021

Guar gum costs rise on revival of demand

NEW DELHI: Guar gum costs have risen 30 per cent over the speed 4 months in the past as demand has revived from the oil exploration sector within the US, China and Russia and meals processing sector in Europe.

The uneven unfold of rain in the important thing sowing space of Rajasthan was additionally supporting the costs, mentioned exporters.

At Rs 60 a kg, guar gum is 30 per cent dearer than its low of Rs 46 per kg in April, mentioned Sohan Jain, secretary of the Guar Gum Producers’ Affiliation. He added that guar seed costs additionally noticed a 28 per cent improve to Rs 41 a kg in the identical interval.

“The demand by the oil drilling sector, which accounts for 70 per cent of complete exports, has slowly began and by September, we will count on additional orders,” mentioned Jain. He added that the uneven unfold of rains has additionally attributed to the rise in costs.

In 2019-20, guar gum exports have been at 381,880 tonnes and valued at Rs 3,261.60 crore with the US accounting for 34 per cent of the overall exports.

“At first of August, we now have began signing contracts with patrons, resulting in a rise in costs. Firms are shopping for on a necessity foundation as uncertainty continues,” mentioned BD Aggarwal, managing director of Vikas WSP.

Aggarwal mentioned main patrons have been at the moment US firms like Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes. Demand has additionally began from China Nationwide Petroleum Company and Russian companies Gazprom Neft and Tatneft, he mentioned.

Bheru Jain , CEO of Rajasthan Gum, mentioned that demand for meals grade guar gum has elevated 20 per cent over the earlier yr with main shopping for in Germany, France and the UK. “Oil drilling exercise has simply resumed in US and we’re ready to see the way it progresses,” he mentioned.

Guar is seeing assist from enhancing exports and home demand after lockdown, mentioned Ajay Kedia, director at Kedia Advisory. He mentioned he sees guar seed costs consolidating within the vary of Rs 3,850-4,250 per quintal over the subsequent few weeks.

“Low rains in Rajasthan and farmers shifting to different crops equivalent to cotton and moong may additionally result in improve in costs within the coming months,” he mentioned.