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Sunflower seeds: EU crop estimates raised again

December 1, 2021 4:30 PM, Der AUDITOR
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SOFIA/BEIJING. At the end of November, Eurostat again published an adjusted estimate for the EU sunflower seed crop. In China, high domestic buying interest, but also increased export demand are causing prices to rise.

Production up by 16%

With a total of 10.57 million mt, EU sunflower seed production is said to have increased by 16.4% this year. In Romania, yields were reportedly up by a good third, bringing the crop to just over 3 million mt. In Bulgaria (+16%) and France (+25%), better conditions than in 2020 ensured that the crops of both countries are around 2 million mt each. Nevertheless, logistical problems in the procurement of raw materials and massive price increases in the oil market mean that the prices for hulled sunflower seeds are not declining.

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