This is the second time in six years that Coffee has been outsold by Sesame
Coffee fails to take the lead in trading volume on the
Out of the six commodities traded on the ECX floor, sesame, coffee, mung beans and white pea beans registered notable volumes during a financially successful year for the ECX. In total, 26.2 billion Br's worth of commodities were traded during the current fiscal year; its performance in 2012/13 was 18.9 billion Br.
Sesame first stole the spotlight from coffee, in terms of volume, in 2011/12. Despite the volume, however, coffee still dominated on the total revenue scale in the just ended fiscal year, although the growth rate for sesame is still significantly higher than that of coffee.
Sesame attained a revenue of 11.2 billion Br - up by
The report showed an increase in absolute terms of nine percent from last year's performance - from 539 million tonnes last year to 586 million tonnes. At the same time, revenue increased by 38pc to 26.2 billion Br, up from 18.9 billion Br the year before. White peas, a low performer, have traded at 65pc of its target.
The market price fluctuation was said to be the reason for the smaller volume of coffee traded, according to the CEO, who pointed this out during the press briefing on
Trading volumes of commodities amounted to 391,000tns in 2009/10, 500,000 in 2010/11 and 601,000tns in 2011/12. It would decline to 539,000tns the following year, recovering to 586,000tns in the just ended fiscal year.
The just ended fiscal year has also seen the ECX increasing its members from 100 to 346 - 33 of which are cooperatives and unions, with 2.7 million small farmers under them. The ECX also has 14,725 buying and selling clients, mostly individual businesspeople and farmers.
During the press release, the company also announced it is in the final stages of launching a traceability and online trading system, starting from
The online trading system is a
Tractability is a
"The project, which helps to trace the source of the commodity, is almost finalised and we are checking the software before launching it," said Shimelis.
With the help of the traceability and online trading systems, the ECX plans to increase its trading volume by 20pc and to reach 697.3 million tonees during the 2014/15 fiscal year.
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