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Copa-Cogeca Oilseed Estimates Show Good Harvest Despite Weather

25 June 2013

EU - New EU27 oilseeds estimates for the 2013/14 marketing year released by Copa-Cogeca show a good EU-27 oilseeds harvest this year, despite the adverse weather conditions, with production rising by 5.8 per cent on last years levels.

The move came after Copa-Cogeca oilseeds working party assessed the market situation. Chairing the meeting, Gerard Tubery from France said: “The figures show that total EU-27 oilseed production reached 29.5 mt in 2013/4 which is up 5.8 per cent on last years level.

"EU-27 rapeseed production is forecast to climb by 2.3 per cent . This show the hardiness of the crop and its capability to survive adverse weather conditions. There should be a balanced market this year which is crucial for livestock industry as it provides a good source of protein in feed."

But he expressed serious concerns about the partial ban on the use of three neonicotinoid seed treatments(clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for seed treatment. EU farmers are facing less and less comprehensive tools to fight against pest and disease which increase significantly their production cost.

The partial ban is expected to have a severe impact on crop production, especially spring rapeseed with a potential drops of up to 20 per cent foreseen for the next harvest. Farmers are still looking for alternative treatments to be widely available at EU level.

The question for the EU policy makers is now: “is there enough quantity available on the world market to provide sufficient meal for the EU livestock sector? This morning in the advisory group all operators expressed their doubt.” said Mr Tubery.

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