In 2017, Ukrainian processing companies produced 5 million tons of the meal. This is the overall result of the treatment of sunflower seeds, soybeans and canola. In Ukraine, the meal is also produced from other oilseeds (flax, cotton, tropical crops), but in small quantities – less than 5 thousand tons, which practically does not affect the overall result.

In general, the market for by-products of oilseed processing continues to develop and expand, although this was not active 5-7 years ago, when soybean and rapeseed processing was actively expanding in Ukraine.
Meal production in 2017 increased by 2.1% (compared to 2016). And compared with 2015 – by 18.7%.

 Similarly. It is true that it does not distinguish the meal in a separate mode. But the production of “hard cake oil from the extraction” of oilseeds, according to the government statistics department, increased in 2017 by 10.6%.

However, one important clarification is needed. In some “nominations”, the government statistics department recorded only a 20% increase in the production of sunflower processing products. According to the government statistics department, the production of by-products for soybean processing remained at almost the same level (-1%), while the processing of rapeseed in 2017 dropped significantly (by 43.4%).

For obvious reasons, the lion’s share in the total amount of the meal, which is produced in Ukraine, falls on a sunflower meal (88.7% by the end of 2017). Specific gravity of soybean meal is 10.7%, rapeseed meal is 0.6%. At the same time, the production of sunflower meal in 2017 increased by 2.3% and reached 4.4 million tons, and by the way, soybean meal production in 2017 also increased – by 3.1%.

And final statistical touch. In dynamics, the growth of meal production in Ukraine is particularly evident. According to the government statistics department, from 2011 to 2017, the production of by-products for sunflower seed extract increased exactly twice. About the same increase in the production of sunflower meal. Production of soybean extract products increased 2.6 times, from 297 thousand tons to 779 thousand tons (Ukrainian companies produced 535 thousand tons of soybean meal in 2017). For rapeseed extraction products, the dynamics from 2011 to 2015 are the most significant (an increase of 20.7 times – from 7.5 thousand tons to 155 thousand tons), since production stagnated in the last two years.

The situation in the meal market is directly related to the situation in the main market – vegetable oil. Therefore, it is not surprising that Ukraine does not have an equivalent in global exports of sunflower meal today. Most of the meal is exported (including soy and rapeseed). At the same time, Ukraine’s share in world exports of sunflower meal is similar to the share of vegetable oil export – about 50% (more than 3.5 million tons with total exports of the world sunflower meal in the range of 7 million tons).

In the global soybean market, Ukraine’s achievements are more modest. At the same time, the production of soybean meal in Ukraine, a number of market leaders are actively increasing the capacity of soybean processing, including due to the possible elimination of VAT refunds in Ukraine for the export of oilseeds.

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