The latest figures from the European Commission show that the European Union is producing too little canola and soy for domestic use.
The production of canola seed between 2000 and 2014 increased from 11.3 million tonnes to 24.3 million tonnes and use of this crop increased from 10.9 million tonnes to 25.6 million tonnes. This makes the EU a net importer of canola seed.
The use of soy beans in the EU is also greater than production, although its use decreased from 16.7 million tonnes in 2000 to 13.4 million tonnes in 2014. Production in recent years has been around 1.5 million tonnes. In 2014, the EU imported 12 million tonnes of soybean and 19 million tonnes soy byproducts.
Germany is the biggest producer of canola seed, followed by France and Poland. These three countries represent two thirds of the total EU canola seed production. Italy is the biggest producer of soybeans (>50 percent), having one third of the total soybean acreage in the EU.
Source: Emmy Koeleman, All About Feed. Read the full article here.