The share of foreign rapeseed being processed by German oil mills was at the highest level in the first half of the 2020/21 season.
This was despite the fact that feedstock availability had increased due to the larger 2020 rapeseed harvest.
In the first half of the crop year, German oil mills processed around 4.8 million tonnes of rapeseed.
This was up 5% year-on-year and also the largest processing volume in four years.
In recent years, the volume of domestic rapeseed processed by German oil mills has decreased.
In the first half of the 2020/21 season, just over one third of the rapeseed processed came from Germany. This compared to more than 40% in the previous year.
According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft, these figures showed that the domestic share in rapeseed supply to German oil mills was not a question of the domestic harvest alone. The price was a key factor too, and supplies from abroad were quite attractive for processors in Germany.
The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) has pointed out the supply risks associated with this purchasing policy, also in view of potential government interventions in exports.
Also, major rapeseed supplying countries, such as Ukraine and other East European countries, have been affected by weather extremes with the result that the supply risk has increased over recent years.
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