Share of domestic rapeseed in processing declines


In Germany, UFOP reports that as in the previous year, the small rapeseed harvest has reduced the share of rapeseed from Germany in processing. The remaining demand will be covered by imports from other EU countries and the Ukraine.

Supply of rapeseed depends foremost on the domestic harvest volume and consumption. One of the world’s largest oilseed-processing countries, Germany needs imported oilseeds, mostly rapeseed (approximately 60 per cent), in addition to oilseeds from its domestic crop. In 2018/19, Germany processed 12.6 million tonnes of oilseeds, of which 71 per cent (approximately 8.9 million tonnes) were rapeseed. Like in the previous year, almost 60 per cent of this demand was covered by rapeseed from abroad. The majority came from EU countries. According to Agrarmarkt Informationsgesellschaft (mbH), France delivered the largest volume of 1.5 million tonnes, followed by Romania with an increase of one third and 640,000 t.

A significant amount – almost 740,000 tonnes, or 10 per cent more than the previous year – came from Ukraine. The total amount of rapeseed processed in Germany yielded 3.8 million tonnes of rapeseed oil and 5.1 million tonnes of Non-GMO rapeseed meal. The amount of rapeseed oil is more than needed for the production of food and transport fuels and for uses in the oleochemical industry. About 1 million tonnes of rapeseed oil went to the German food industry, another 1 million tonnes to the engineering sector. More than 860,000 tonnes (net) of rapeseed oil were exported.

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