The Bulgarian sunseed crop increased to 1.8 MMT in the 2016/17 season (up 7.5 percent year-on-year). As a reminder, the reasons included an expansion of sunflower plantings (up 0.6 percent year-on-year) and a higher yield (up 6.6 percent).
Unusually, Bulgaria stepped up sunseed imports to a record 215 KMT in the 2016/17 season, including 131 KMT, or some 61 percent purchased from EU countries.
In view of quite high sunseed carryovers in Bulgaria (96 KMT), aggregate supply of the commodity expanded to 2149 KMT – this could not but affect the sunseed consumption pattern. Please note that domestic sunseed consumption increased considerably in MY 2016/17 against the previous season. Its growth exceeded the wildest forecasts (up 302 KMT) in view of dropped exports (down 44 KMT).
So, 2016/17 export statistics indicate a fall in sunseed shipments to foreign markets (down 5.8 percent year-on-year at 676 KMT).
Noteworthy is that Bulgarian sunseed exports have been sinking since MY 2013/14. The export share in the gross sunseed crop shrank to 36.8 percent in MY 2016/17, whereas 60-65 percent or even a larger portion of its volume was shipped abroad just a few seasons ago.
The trade with non-EU countries has been expanding over the last two seasons. Among them, the top buyer of Bulgarian sunseed is Turkey, which absorbs more than 50 percent of the commodity shipped beyond the EU. The sunseed trade with non-EU countries was boosted to 171 KMT in the 2016/17 season (up 4.4 percent year-on-year).
UkrAgroConsult estimates that the new 2017/18 season will witness a sunseed crop increase to 1.9 MMT. According to current information of Bulgaria’s Ag Ministry, sunseed was harvested from 808 Th ha (99.7 percent of forecast) by November 10. Its crop already exceeded 1.8 MMT with a yield of 2.28 MT/ha.
The new marketing year is expected to feature a drop both in sunseed imports and exports (200 KMT and 670 KMT, respectively). Simultaneously, domestic crushing will continue growing (940 KMT) at the expense of more significant carryovers and the crop increase.
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