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Sunflower seeds: nearly 14 million mt in Ukraine

March 13, 2024 at 4:58 PM , Der AUDITOR
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SOFIA/KYIV. Agricultural imports from Russia have come under fire as the European Commission seeks steps to support farmers and tensions are boiling over in Poland. Estimates state that Ukraine may produce 13.5-13.9 million mt of sunflower seeds this year.

Imports from Russia under fire

As Bulgaria's production turned out to be rather disappointing local processors have little option but to rely on cheap raw seed imports from Ukraine this season. Contrary to this, the farmers are, however, pushing for import restrictions. The current compromise is that sunflower seed imports from Ukraine have been subject to licences in Bulgaria since December.

Yet, the broader picture tells a different story as the EU is virtually being flooded with cheap agri-food imports, not only from Ukraine but also from Russia. Traders

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