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8 June 2018

Next stage of co-project with Agrarian University has been successfully completed

Personnel development is an important pre-requisite for the success of any organization; that is why OPTIMUS AGRO pays considerable attention to the level of professionalism of its personnel members. Since April 2017, OPTIMUS AGRO employees have undergone advanced training at the Dnipro Agricultural University.

The workshops were attended by technicians and laboratory chiefs. Since March 12, 2018, advanced training courses began for the following employees:

  • leading engineers
  • leading power engineers
  • senior foremen
  • technicians, technologists,
  • laboratory chiefs,
  • leading mechanics.

The curriculum of these training workshops involves the acquisition of both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

In the course of training, workshop participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with the following subjects:

  • the characteristics of the paternoster as an engineering and technical facility and its engineering infrastructure;
  • the organization of labor protection when working at paternosters;
  • rules, organization, and implementation of the technological process at paternosters and grain-collecting stations;
  • prospects of modernization and improvement of technological lines, equipment, and engineering infrastructure of a paternoster;
  • peculiarities of the operation of transport systems, as well as systems of loading and unloading of metal silos grain containers;
  • grain drying by means of quality assessment;
  • the determination of physical and chemical parameters by means of physical and thermophysical properties of grain mass.

In order to receive the widest, new information specifically for our company, the teachers of the department have developed multimedia presentations, in which the materials related to paternosters were presented in high detail. But what training can go without an evaluation? Our employees even had final certification and pass-fail exams! All the workshop participants received a state certificate.

Communication between the scientists and the producers was also useful for the teachers, who had the opportunity to participate in disputes, to touch the practical experience and complex production tasks, and to impose their scientific vision on our present.  The course attendees had the opportunity to receive individual consultations on issues under consideration and to resolve production cases.

1 June 2017

The company “Optimus Agro” celebrated its anniversary!

On May 26, the Company celebrated its twentieth anniversary! In the course of the years of successful work “Optimus Agro” made the way from small highly specialized company to one of the most powerful producers of sunflower oil in Ukraine.

The business success depended on lots of factors but it is based on tactful management, professional team, daily hard work, reliable partners and of course, regular and new customers!

We hope that the next 20 years of company’s business will be more successful and efficient. Growth, prosperity and new width, the Company “Optimus Agro”!

12 April 2017

Optimus group in the top three largest sunflower processors for September-February 2016/17

Ukraine: Top 5 sunflower processors on the basis of September / February 2016/17 MY, shares in total production
Unrefined sunflower oil Refined sunflower oil Shrot / sunflower meal
KERNEL 22,60% KERNEL 20,20% KERNEL 20,97%
VIOIL 7,40% APK BUNGE UKRAINE 15,85% OPTIMUS AGRO 6,86%
OPTIMUS AGRO 6,49% DELTA VILMAR CIS 10,45% VIOIL 6,62%
MH 5,67% OPTIMUS AGRO 8,66% MH 6,02%
CREATIVE 5,67% PE VICTOR & C 8,31% EUROPEAN TRANSPORT STEEL COMPANY (BUNGE) 5,83%

27 October 2016

Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant Remains the Largest Producer of Sunflower Oil Among Companie

Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant maintains the leading position for the production of crude sunflower oil among Ukrainian companies. In 2015/16 MY, the share of the enterprise in the total volume of oil production was 7% in the country, which corresponds to the index of 2014/15 MY. The amount of oil that was produced by Zaporozhye Oil and Fat Plant in the last season amounted to 349.4 thous. tons, exceeding by 10% the volume of the previous season. According to analysts of Optimus Group, the total production volume of crude sunflower oil in Ukraine was 5.02 million tons in 2015/16 MY.

Ukraine: the share of enterprises in the production of crude sunflower oil in 2015/16 MY
Enterprise Share, %
1 Zaporizhzhya Oil and Fat Plant 7%
2 Creative 4%
3 Vinnytsia Oil and Fat Plant 4%
4 Dnepropetrovsk Oil Extraction Plant 4%
5 Kahovka Oil Extraction Plant 4%
6 Poltave Oil Extraction Plant-Kernel Group 4%
7 Kirovogradoliya 4%
8 Bandursky Oil Extraction Plant 3%
9 Delta Wilmar Cis 3%
10 Ukraine Black Sea Industry 3%
Others 60%
Total 100%

31 August 2016

Optimus Agro group leases PJSC “ZOEP”

From September 01, 2016 Optimus Agro group leases PJSC “Zaporozhien Oil Extraction Plant” to  improve the operational processing of sunflower seeds, for better control of accepted raw materials, for yield and quality of the finished product.

3 March 2018

Bunge subsidiary leads among unrefined sunflower oil producers in 2017.

The European Transport Stevedoring Company (ETSC), a subsidiary of Bunge, is the largest producer of unrefined sunflower oil in 2017 with a production volume of 352.4 thousand tons.

ETSC holds a 6.7% share in the total unrefined sunflower oil production in 2017.

The TOP 5 producers of unrefined sunflower oil are as follows:

The European Transport Stevedoring Company (ETSC) — 352.4 thousand tons (6.7%);
Optimusagro Trade — 333.5 thousand tons (6.4%);
Vinnitsa Oil and Fat Production Plant (ViOil) — 296.5 thousand tons (5.7%);
Allseeds Black Sea (Allseeds) — 264.5 thousand tons (5.1%);
Bandursky Oil Extraction Plant («Kernel») — 258.4 thousand tons (5.0%).

14 February 2018

Year in Review: Ukraine Gathers 18.3 Million Tons of Oil Crops

The harvest of technical oilseed crops in Ukraine in 2017 amounted to 18.3 million tons gathered from 8.9 million hectares with a yield of 2.06 tons per hectare.

This is evidenced by data from the State Statistics Service according to a report from the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

As it is noted, Ukrainian farmers gathered 12.2 million tons of sunflower seeds from 6 million hectares with a yield of 2.01 tons per hectare in the reporting year. Similarly, 3.9 million tons of soybeans have been collected from 2 million hectares with a yield of 1.97 tons per hectare, as well as 2.2 million tons of rapeseed from 786 thousand hectares with a yield of 2.79 tons per hectare.

The leaders in the production of oil crops were Kirovograd (1.36 million tons), Dnipropetrovsk (1.31 million tons), Kharkiv (1.21 million tons), Vinnytsia (1.2 million tons), Odesa (1.19 million tons), Poltava (1.07 million tons), and Khmelnytsky (1.07 million tons) regions.

6 February 2018

Since the Beginning of 2017/18 MY Ukraine Has Exported 23 Million Tons of Grain

As of January 24, 2018 Ukraine has exported 23.07 million tons of grain since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, which is 2.37 million tons less than for the same period last year.

Exports of wheat for the reporting period amounted to 11.99 million tons, which is 462 thousand tons less than for the same period last year.
According to the report, since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, Ukraine has exported 3.93 million tons of barley (-482 thousand tons) and 7.06 million tons of corn (-1.37 million tons). Exports of rye amounted to 13.2 thousand tons.

It bears reminding that following the results of the first half of 2017/18 MY, India is on the 8th position in the list of importers of the Ukrainian wheat with an import volume of 500 thousand tons, which is 20% of the forecasted imports into this country by the end of the season.

30 January 2018

Ukraine Exported Over 2 Million Tons of Rapeseed

Since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, Ukraine has exported almost 3.67 million tons of oilseeds.

Such data are given by the Department of Phytosanitary Security, Control in Seed Production and Seedling of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, the Department’s statement said.

As noted, over 2 million tons of rapeseed and over 1.6 million tons of soybeans were delivered to foreign markets. As of the same date last year, the export of oilseeds was almost 2.48 million tons (including rapeseed – 0.9 million tons, soybean – 1.5 million tons).

According to the State Procurement Service, grain exports for the reporting period amounted to 22.8 million tons of grain crops, in particular, 11.7 million tons of wheat (including 6.4 million tons of food-grade wheat, 5.3 million tons of fodder wheat), 3.8 million tons of barley,6.7 million tons of maize.

Over the same period last marketing year, 25.2 million tons of grain were exported, including almost 12.3 million tons of wheat (including 7.3 million tons of food-grade wheat and 5 million tons of fodder wheat), over 4.4 million tons of barley, 8 million tons of maize).

19 December 2017

Ukraine Increases Oilseed Exports by 55%

Since the beginning of 2017/18 MY, Ukraine has exported 2.8 million tons of oilseeds, which is 1 million tons (55%) more than for the same period in 2016 (1.8 million tons).

This data has been provided by the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.

The largest part of the volume of exported oilseeds is rape (more than 1.8 million tons). When compared to last year’s figures, the growth of exports of these seeds exceeds 1 million tons (last year, on the same date, almost 0.8 million tons of rape had been exported).

The structure of exports also includes soybeans, the level of export of which from Ukraine to other countries in the current marketing year amounted to 0.93 million tons, which is practically at the level of the last year (2016: 1 million tons).

According to the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection, grain exports amounted to 17.76 million tons as of November 30, namely: 10 million tons of wheat (including more than 5.6 million tons of food-grade wheat and 4.5 million tons of forage wheat), 3.6 million tons of barley, and 3.5 million tons of corn.

In the same period of the last marketing year, 18.8 million tons of grain were exported, including 10 million tons of wheat (including more than 5.5 million tons of food-grade wheat and 4.6 million tons of forage wheat), 4 million tons of barley, and 4.38 million tons of corn).

7 December 2017

11.9 Million Tons of Sunflower Seeds Have Been Threshed in Ukraine

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, in Ukraine, as of November 30, sunflower has been harvested at 5.924 million hectares (99%), of which 11.896 million tons have been harvested with a yield of 20.1 c/ha.

The total soybean harvesting has amounted to 3.753 million tons, yield has been 19.3 c/ha, and oil has been threshed at 1.944 million hectares (98%).
In addition, by the reporting date maize for grain has been threshed on an area of 4.065 million hectares (90%), 21.801 million tons has been threshed with a yield of 53.6 c/ha.

Sugar beets harvesting has been carried out on an area of 314 thousand hectares (99%), 14.473 million tons has been harvested with a yield of 460 c/ha.

Sowing of winter crops for 2018 crop until November 30 has been carried out on an area of 6.912 million hectares (96% of the plan). In particular, the area of winter wheat and triticale sowing has amounted to 5.943 million hectares (97%), barley – 822 thousand hectares (89%), rye – 147 thousand hectares (93%). 864 thousand hectares (112%) has been sown with winter rape.

4 December 2017

Almost 60 Million Tons of Grain Have Been Harvested

As of November 29, 59.9 million tons of grain and leguminous crops have been collected from 14.0 million hectares with a yield of 42.6 c/ha (96% of the planned 14.6 million hectares).

Including maize – 21.6 million tons from 4.0 million hectares (90% of 4.5 million hectares) with a yield of 53.6 c/ha.

The highest yield of grain and leguminous crops was found in the farms of Khmelnytsky (62.8 c/ha), Sumy (60.2 c/ha), Vinnytsia (58.7 c/ha), Ternopil (56.4 c/ha), Chernihiv 55.7 c/ha), Chernivtsi (53.7 c/ha), Ivano-Frankivsk (50.0 c/ha) and Lviv (50.0 cent/ha) areas.

Moreover, the following crops have been harvested:
– 11.9 million tons of sunflower from 5.92 million hectares (99% of 5.96 million hectares) with a yield of 20.1 c/ha;
– 3.7 million tons of soybeans with 1.9 million hectares (98% of 2.0 million hectares) with a yield of 19.3 c/ha;
– 14.4 million tons of sugar beet from 314 thousand hectares (99%, from 318 thousand hectares) with a yield of 460 c/ha.

Planting of winter crops for grain for 2018 crop has almost completed, which was carried out on an area of 6.9 million hectares with the forecast of 7.2 million hectares (96%), including:
– winter wheat and triticale – 5.9 million hectares (97% from 6.1 million hectares);
– rye – 147 thousand hectares (93% from 158 thousand hectares);
– barley – 822 thousand hectares (89% from 924 thousand hectares).

The winter rape planting has carried out on an area of 864 thousand hectares or 112% of the forecast (769 thousand hectares).

10 November 2017

Ukraine Has Increased Oilseeds Export by Almost 2 Times

The main export product groups are sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oil that is (26.25% of the total amount of agrarian exports).
From the beginning of 2017 – 2018 marketing year (MY, July 2017 – June 2018) Ukrainian agrarians has exported 1.6 million tons of oilseeds, which is almost 1.9 times more than in the same period last year.

It was reported by the press service of the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection. “As of October 11, over the current marketing year, more than 1.6 million tons of oilseeds were exported, including rape – more than 1.46 million tons, soybeans – more than 0.15 million ton”, the report said.

The press service noted that for the same period last year, 0.9 million tons were exported, including rape – almost 0.64 million tons, soybeans – more than 0.27 million tons.

As UNIAN reported, according to the data from the State Consumer Protection Service, as of September 27, 2017 Ukrainian farmers have exported 1.32 million tons of oilseeds. During the first eight months of this year, Ukraine has exported agricultural products to 11.5 billion dollars, which is 24.5% more than the same period last year.

The main export product groups are sunflower, safflower and cottonseed oils with a share of 26.25% of the total agrarian export, corn (20.34%), wheat and wheat mixture (12.87%), and others.

1 November 2017

Demand for Ukrainian Sunflower Oil Will Increase In Europe

In 2017/18 MY, Ukraine can increase its presence on the European market of vegetable oils, which will be primarily due to the expected increase in demand for sunflower oil.

Such a forecast was voiced by an analyst of Agritel International Olivier Bouye.

According to the expert estimates, rapeseed oil – 61% will continue to take the leading positions in the industrial sector of vegetable oils in the EU in 2017/18 MY, followed by palm oil (29%), soy oil (7%) and sunflower oil (3%). At the same time, the high demand for rapeseed oil will be ensured by the growing production of biofuels and ethanol in the EU, due to which import of this product of processing in the EU countries is also high, and by the end of 2016/17 MY, Ukraine has become the largest supplier of rapeseed oil in the EU, having provided 43.7% of the total import volume.

“In turn, sunflower oil – 37% will take the largest share of vegetable oils consumption in the food sector in the new season, followed by rapeseed oil – 27%, palm oil – 25% and soy oil – 11%”, Bouye added.

At the same time, he recalled that, according to the results of 2016/17 MY, the volume of Ukrainian sunflower oil imports in the EU reached 1.5 million tons, which allowed the country becoming an absolute leader in shipment of this product with a share of 92.2% of the total volume purchased.

“In the new season, this indicator is likely to increase further due to changes in the structure of domestic consumption of oils in European countries”, the speaker summed up.

26 October 2017

Largest Sunflower Processors in September-August 2016/2017 Named

The leading place among the largest sunflower processors in September-August was taken by Kernel Company, which accounted for about 23 percent of the production of crude sunflower oil, as well as for 20 percent of refined sunflower oil.

The TOP 5 producers of crude sunflower oil includes:
1. Kernel: 23 percent (share in the total production volume);
2. Vioil: 7 percent;
3. Optimus Agro: 6 percent
4. European Transport Stevedoring Company: 6 percent;
5. Myronivsky Hlibproduct: 6 percent.

At the same time, the largest producers of refined sunflower oil are Kernel (20 percent), Bunge Ukraine (17 percent) and Delta Wilmar CIS (14 percent). The leaders in the production of sunflower meal / cake are Kernel (22 percent), Optimus Agro (7 percent), and European Transport Stevedoring Company (7 percent).

According to the report, at the end of the marketing year 2016/17, Ukrainian companies processed 46.3 percent more sunflower seeds than in the previous marketing year as a result of a record harvest of sunflower in 2016 and an active demand for sunflower oil of Ukrainian production in the world market.

It is important to remember that Ukraine produced 3.18 million tons of crude sunflower oil in January-July 2017, which is 36 percent above the corresponding value for 2016.

20 October 2017

Ukraine: The Harvesting Campaign as of October 13 2017

As of October 13, according to the operational data from the regions, Ukrainian farmers collected 45.0 million tons of grain from 11.6 million hectares (79% of the forecast 14.6 million hectares) at a yield of 38.9 per hectare.

Including:

– buckwheat – 173 thousand tons from 155 thousand hectares (85% of 182 thousand hectares) at a yield of 11.1 centners per hectare;

– millet – 77 thousand tons from 53 thousand hectares (93% of 56 thousand hectares) at a yield of 14.7 centners per hectare;

– maize – 7.0 million tons from 1.6 million hectares (36% of 4.5 million hectares) at a yield of 43.5 centners per hectare.

Moreover, harvesting of the following crops is carried out:

– sunflower – 9.8 million tons from 5.1 million hectares (86% of 5.9 million hectares) at a yield of 19.4 centners per hectare;

– soybeans – 2.4 million tons from 1.3 million hectares (66% of 2.0 million hectares) at a yield of 18.3 centners per hectare;

– sugar beet – 6.1 million tons from 142 thousand hectares (45% of 318 thousand hectares) at a yield of 432 centners per hectare.

Along with harvesting, soil bedding is carried out for winter cultures and crops. Currently, 7.7 million hectares or 96% of the forecast area (8.1 million hectares) have been prepared.

Winter crops planting for grain, for the crop of 2018, with a forecast of 7.2 million hectares, was carried out on an area of 5.8 million hectares or 81%. Including:

– winter wheat and triticale – 5.2 million hectares (84% of the forecast 6.1 million hectares);

– rye – 136 thousand hectares (84% of 161 thousand hectares);

– barley – 513 thousand hectares (55% of 926 thousand hectares).

Moreover, planting of winter rape was carried out on an area of 822 thousand hectares or 106% to a forecast of 777 thousand hectares.

19 June 2017

Named the best top managers of agroindustrial complex for 2016

According to the Delo.UA edition, the best managers of the agroindustrial complex in the year 2016 were Kalin Turcan (former CEO of Rize) and Lazos Lamprakis (General Director of Louis Dreyfus Ukraine).

The top 10 top managers of the agroindustrial complex included:

1. Kalin Curcan (“Rize”);

2. Lazos Lamplakis (“Louis Dreyfus Ukraine”);

3. Alexey Vadatursky (“NIBULON”);

4. Irina Ivanova (Chairman of the Supervisory Board, General Director of Agroscope International);

5. Vladimir Balan (General Director, Glencore Grain);

6. Oleksandr Orlov (Director General of Delta Wilmar CIS);

7. Volodymyr Osadchuk (General Director of Noble Resources Ukraine);

8. Vyacheslav Polischuk (director of NPP “Agrinol”);

9. Elena Burkatovskaya (director of the “Optimus Agro” company);

10. Oleksandr Kostenko (Director General of the holding “Ukrainian Agrarian Investments”).

 

 

http://latifundist.com/novosti/35740-nazvany-luchshie-top-menedzhery-apk-za-2016-g

30 March 2017

Top -10 sunflower oil experts in 2016

Exporter Billion UAH
1 Kernel-Trade 19,24
2 Cargill AT 7,472
3 Santrade 6,361
4 Mironovsky factory for making cereals and fodder 4,951
5 Delta Vilmar CIS 2,804
6 Olsid Black Sea 2,367
7 BAP 2,125
8 Di And Ai Evolution 1,894
9 Optimus Plus 1,873
10 Agrointer 1,523

According to site materials Latifundist.com

27 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 26, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 10603 74% 41955 39,6
Corn 642 15% 3174 49,4
Buckwheat 131 88% 166 12,6
Millet 94 91% 172 18,3
Sunflower 3161 53% 6758 21,4
Soybean 824 45% 1739 21,1

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

21 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 20, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 10392 72% 40812 39,3
Corn 445 10% 2062 46,3
Buckwheat 125 83% 159 12,7
Millet 94 91% 172 18,3
Sunflower 2601 44% 5510 21,2
Soybean 661 36% 1389 21

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

15 September 2016

Rating exporters of sunflower oil in 2015/16 MY (results of October of August)

The “ProAgro” company reviewed information on Ukrainian export supplies of sunflower oil in the 2015/16 season (up to October to August).

Data about ten largest exporters of crude sunflower oil are presented in the table below

* by material of “ProAgro”

9 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 09, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 1000 70% 38800 39
Corn 79 2% 316 39,9
Buckwheat 99 66% 128 12,9
Millet 81 79% 149 18,3
Sunflower 599 15% 1800 19,8
Soybean 201 11% 413 19,8

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

7 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 07, 2016

Name Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 9900 69% 38600 39
Corn 45 1% 184 40,8
Buckwheat 91 61% 117 12,8
Millet 76 73% 138 18,2
Sunflower 599 10% 1200 19,5
Soybean 136 7% 276 20,4

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

6 September 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of September 06, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Crops: 14300 9900 69% 38500 39
Corn 3700 37 1% 144 39
Buckwheat 149 85 57% 109 12,8
Millet 103 73 71% 133 18,3
Sunflower 5880 470 8% 909 19,3
Soybean 1700 102 6% 205 20,2

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

5 September 2016

In 2015/16 MY Ukraine sets records as to the production and export of sunflower oil

According to analysts of the Optimus Group, the results of eleven months of 2015/16 MY (September – July) sunflower oil production in Ukraine totaled about 4.8 mln. tons, which is 12% higher than the corresponding last year’s figure and by 8% is the rate of 2013/14 MG. This year’s production is an absolute record for the country. Almost 90%, namely 4.24mln. tons, of sunflower oil for September – July were exported, and it is also a record figure. Taking into account the official data for August, which have already been received, 4.5 mln. tons were exported from Ukraine for the whole 2015/16 MY (September – August), which is 17% more than the last year’s figure and 8% more than the figures in 2013/14 MY. There is no official information as to the sunflower oil  roduction in August yet, but according to analysts of the Optimus Group, the total volume of sunflower oil production for the entire 2015/16 MY (September – August) will be about 5 mln. tons. It is also expected that in the 2016/17 season that has just begun, sunflower oil production will exceed the figure of 2015/16 MY, including the introduction of new capacities and forecasts of the  ecord harvest of sunflower.

1 August 2016

Ukraine: Harvesting as of July 29, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Нarvested

area,
thous. ha

% of

forecast

Production,

thous. tons

Yield,

t/ha

Corn 6280 4900 78% 19900 40,8
Barley 2900 2500 86% 8200 33,1
Rye 143 60 42% 153 25,7
Oats 207 31 15% 78 25,2
Peas 240 223 93% 705 31,7
Winter rape 454 395 87% 1000 26,2

*- operational statistics of the Minisrty of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

31 May 2016

Ukraine: Sowing Campaign Progress as of May 30, 2016

Name Forecast,

thous. ha

Sow,

thous. ha

% of

forecast

Spring grains and leguminous plants  (с кукурузою): 7300 7200 98%

 

Early spring grains 2380 2400 101%
Buckwheat 129 129 100%
Millet 119 82 69%
Rice 11,7 12 102%
Sorghum 84 61 73%
Sunflower 5230 5210 99,6%
Soyabeen 2020 1800 89%

*- operative statistics of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

6 May 2016

EU: Canola Crop Expected to Decrease in 2016

According to some European analysts, the production of rapeseed seeds in the EU will decrease to 21.2-21.4 mln. tons this year as compared to 22 mln. tons a year earlier, Reuters reported.
In particular, in Poland, the gross yield of this oilseed may be reduced to 2.45 mln. tons (-22% per year) due to the early frost in the winter and the cold weather in late April, when rapeseed had entered the flowering stage in a number of regions of the country.

In France, a slight decrease in oilseed crop is expected because of destruction of crops by fungal disease and insects. In this regard, the ODA analysts have reduced rapeseed production forecast in the country from 5.4 mln. tons to 5.2 mln. tons against 5.3 mln. tons in 2015.

In the UK, a slight decrease in the volume of the crop is also expected due to the reduction of the cultivated area occupied by rapeseed by 10% per year due to a weak demand from processors for this oilseed. In addition, a reduction in crop yields due to its destruction by pests is forecast.

At the same time, the rapeseed crop in Germany may increase by 0.6% or to 5.03 million tons, as recent frosts have not caused any substantial harm to the crop.

It is also expected that the decrease in the gross harvest of rapeseed in the EU will increase its dependence on imports of products from Ukraine, Australia, and Canada. However, the low crop of this oilseed in Ukraine in the current year may lead to a lack of its supply in the world market.

AIC-Inform

22 April 2016

Sunflower Sowing Area to Increase Worldwide in 2016/17

According to the forecasts of Oil World analysts (Germany), the sunflower sowing area is expected to increase significantly worldwide in 2016/17 up to 25.64 million hectares against 24.61 million hectares of the previous season.
The main area expansion for the sowing of oil-bearing crops will be in Russia (up to 6.9 (6.53) million hectares) and in Ukraine (up to 5.75 (5.3) million hectares), which is due to the reduction of winter crops. In addition, the relatively low cost of production of sunflower, as well as a strong demand for the products of processors will also help increase the sowing areas of this crop.
EU farmers will also expand the area of oilseed sowing; however, this growth will be limited due to the expansion of winter crops. For example, a significant growth of this indicator is expected in Hungary due to the reduction of corn crops. Romanian farmers are planning to cultivate a smaller area than last year while their colleagues in France and Bulgaria will not change the sowing area in their countries as compared to last year’s values.
Furthermore, in the current year sunflower sowing will be accentualized by Argentina thanks to the liberalization of its agriculture complex and to the devaluation of its national currency; the crop area will increase by 0.25 million hectares and will constitute 1.5 million hectares. Some analysts believe, however, that the abolition of taxes on exports of sunflower and its by-products may cause the oilseed crop area in Argentina to increase to 1.6-1.8 million hectares.

 

http://www.anyfoodanyfeed.com

22 March 2016

Ukraine: Sowing Campaign Progress as of March 21, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Sow,

thous. ha

% of

forecast

Total early grains and leguminous plants: 2600 671 26%
Spring barley 2000 521 26%
Peas 180 91 50%
Oats 220 24 11%
Spring wheat 170 35 21%

*- operative statistics of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

22 March 2016

Ukraine: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food Estimates Condition of 72% of Winter Crops as

Ukrainian News. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food estimates the condition of 4.9 mln. ha (or 72% of winter crops) of those that sprouted as good and satisfactory.

This was announced by the Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food Oleksiy Pavlenko on his Facebook page according to Ukrainian News.

The data are provided as of March 17, 2016.

It is reported that the sprouts of winter crops appeared in the area of 6.8 mln. ha (96% of the sown area), of which 4.9 mln. ha or 72% are in good and satisfactory condition, 1,9 mln. ha or 28% are weak, and 4.5 thous. ha have died.

In addition, sprouts of winter rapeseed that were sown in the area of 655.3 thous. ha appeared in the area 590,0 thous. Ha (90% of the sown area), of which 396,3 thous. ha (67%) are in good and satisfactory condition, 168 thous. ha (29%) are weak, and 25,6 thous. ha or 4% have perished.

As Ukrainian News reported, farmers have planted 7,1 mln. ha of winter crops for the harvest season of 2016

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22 March 2016

EU: MARS Voices EU Forecast Crop Yields for 2016

In its first report on crop yields in the EU, the analysts of MARS voiced the figure for wheat at the level of 59.6 dt/ha, which is 4.8% below last year’s value; the forecast for winter barley is 58.2 dt/ha (-4.9%). In this case, the yield of these crops exceeds the annual average for the past 5 years (by 2.3% and 4.4%, respectively).

Experts report that the condition of winter crops is generally good due to favorable weather conditions, and that the crop prospects are high.

Corn yield, in its turn, is expected at the level of 71.2 dt/ha, which is 10.9% above the low result of last year, when grain crops had had a negative impact of weather conditions.

Also, according to MARS analysts, the reporting figure for rapeseed could reach 33.1 t/ha (-1.4%).

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11 March 2016

Ukraine: sowing campaign progress as of March 9, 2016

Name Forecast,
thous. ha
Sow,
thous. ha
% of
forecast
Total early grains and leguminous plants: 2430 146 6%
Spring barley 1930 116 6%
Peas 180 25 14%
Oats 100 3 1%
Spring wheat 200 2 1%

*- operative statistics of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

11 March 2016

Ukraine: Sowing of Sunflower in 2016 to Increase Again

Sowing of sunflower in Ukraine in 2016 may exceed 6 mln. ha, which will be a record value for the country (the 2015 value was 5.2 mln. ha.). Such a conclusion can be drawn by analyzing the market situation, which has developed in this season, as well as the situation with winter crops.

Because of the drought, the insufficient sowing of winter crops in autumn 2015 amounted to about 900 thous. ha. About 8 mln. ha were sown (wheat, rye, barley, and rapeseed), while the average total area under these winter crops for the past three seasons was 8.9 mln. ha. In addition, according to official information, about 7% of crop seedlings did not germinate, which constitutes about 560 thous. ha. It turns out that 1.4-1.5 mln. ha are an additional free space for sowing of spring crops.

Over the past three seasons, the sowing was mainly due to more profitable crops (sunflower and soybeans). This season, nothing will change dramatically; according to the rough calculations, sunflower (followed by soybeans) will remain the most profitable crop.

The intentions of farmers to increase sunflower crops is supported by the fact that in January-February 2016, 11 thous. tons of sunflower seeds were imported to Ukraine for sowing, which exceeds the average value for the past three years for the relevant period by 57%.

1 March 2016

Ukraine to Increase Spring Sowing Area by 1.7 Mln. Ha –Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food

The spring sowing area in Ukraine will be increased by, at least, 1.7 mln. ha, which will require an additional resource support. Due to the adverse weather conditions last fall, farmers didn’t sow about 0.9 mln. ha of winter grain and 237 thous. ha of rapeseed; in addition, there is no germination in an area of almost 600 thous. ha according to Yaroslav Krasnopolskiy, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, reported the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy on March 1.

As of the reporting date, early spring crops have been sown on 45 thous. ha in Kherson, Odesa, and Mykolaiv regions.

“In the structure of sown areas, special attention should be paid to crops of spring wheat, buckwheat, and sugar beet. Measures must be taken to establish a sufficient reserve stocks of seeds of spring crops to enable reseeding of winter crops. Also, the Food and Grain Corporation must improve the financing of spring-field works in order to accelerate the conclusion of forward contracts,” said Ya. Krasnopolsky.

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24 February 2016

Ukraine and Russia Agree on Resumption of Transit Transportation since February 25

Ukraine has accepted the proposal of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation to resume transit transportation since the night on February 25 as declared by Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, as of February 24.

In turn, Andriy Pyvovarsky, the Minister of Infrastructure, added that Russia and Poland also agreed to exchange quotas for cargo transportation. If Ukraine does unlock the transit, it will lose the transit cargo flows.

Also, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation published a similar announcement on its website.

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21 January 2016

World Exports of Rapeseed Meal in 2015/16 May Fall to Five-Year Minimum

Oil World. The world exports of rapeseed meal will reduce in the current season to a five-year’s minimum of 5.56 mln. tons, which on 0.61 mln. tons to last year’s figure and 1.14 mln. tons below the record level of 2013/14. It is noted that the reason for reducing the trade volume in these products in the world will be a decrease in world production of rapeseed meal.

Analysts expect the exports from India to decrease to 400 (996) thous. tons, those from EU, to 335 (397) thous. tons, and those from Ukraine, to 155 (174) thous. tons, whereas exports from Canada will increase to 3.75 (3.62) thous. tons, those from the UAE, to 375 (330) thous. tons, and those from Russia, to 240 (239) thous. tons (values for 2015/16 MY).

A significant decrease in imports of rapeseed meal in the current season to the South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Bangladesh is expected. In particular, the imports of products to South Korea will constitute 410 (499) thous. tons, those to Thailand, 300 (357) thous. tons, those to Vietnam, 170 (244) thous. tons, those to China, 90 (142) thous. tons, and those to the USA, 3.42 (3.5) mln. tons.

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18 December 2015

Sunflower Seed Stocks in Ukraine in Early December Exceed Last Year’s Stocks by 12%

In Ukraine, as of December 1 of the current year, sunflower seed stocks totaled 6.9 mln. tons, which is 12% above the value of 2014, as announced by the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on December 16.

According to the State Statistics Service, agrarian enterprises directly stored 4.2 mln. tons of oilseeds (17%), and enterprises engaged in processing and storing of oilseeds stored 2.7 mln. tons (+5%) on the reporting date of this year.

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