Romania – vital sunseed exporter to EU countries


Romanian farmers are getting more and more interested in oilseed crops, devoting less acreage to grain crops. Thus, in 2017/18 MY grain crop area (wheat, corn, barley) was 6% lower than 5-year average.

In contrast, sowing area of oilseeds (rapeseed, sunseed, soybeans) is estimated at a new record, which is 31% higher than 5-year average.

In 2017/18 major part in oilseed sowing area structure was traditionally given to sunseed. Still, 2017/18 season was marked with essential growth in area of other oilseed crops – soybeans area increased by 40% and rapeseed - by 25%.

Record high sunseed acreage was a good precondition for record sunseed crop in Romania in 2017. But, it should be noted that production potential was limited by excessive air temperatures. Average yield was lower than record of 2014/15 – 2 MT/ha.

In terms of exports, Romania is responsible for 42% in the total sunseed supplies to EU market (in 2016/17), which makes the country quite important market player in the bloc.

Taking into account record sunseed crop of 2017 and lack of interest to increase domestic processing, UkrAgroConsult can expect further growth in sunseed exports in 2017/18.

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