In 2013 Ukraine to keep its leadership on the world market of sunflower oil – N.Prisyazhnuk
In 2013 Ukraine will keep its leading positions on the world market of sunflower oil, declared Nikolai Prisyazhnuk, Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, on August 29.
Last year, Ukraine exported nearly 3.3 mln tonnes of sunflower oil, at the same time the share of Ukraine in the global exports of the commodity totaled almost 56%. The harvest of sunflower seed in 2013 will allow producing such volumes of sunflower oil, which will ensure keeping of the position of world leader, said the Minister.
He also noted that in the current year the Ministry estimated the general harvest of sunflower seed in Ukraine at the level of 8.5 mln tonnes, which will allow producing sunflower oil at 3.5 mln tonnes.
According to N.Prisyazhnuk, southern oblasts of Ukraine have just started harvesting sunflower seed, so it is too early to discuss the final forecasts. However, to date agricultural producers plan to harvest nearly 8.5 mln tonnes of the oilseed. At the same time, despite the fact that in the current year the planted areas remained at the same level as last year, it is expected to increase sunflower seed yield, due to usage of more high-quality seeds, application of advanced technologies, etc.
He added that to date the Ukrainian sunflower oil is in high demand on the international market. Over 90 countries-importers may confirm its qualitative indices. Besides, to date there is provided the active work on expanding the foreign selling markets. In particular, in the current year Ukraine will increase sunflower oil exports to China, said the Minister.
As a reminder, during recent years the production of sunflower oil totaled 3.2-3.5 mln tonnes per year, while the consumption for food purposes in Ukraine is estimated at nearly 0.5 mln tonnes.
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