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Flax seed paradise

09-06-2016

World production of flax seed in the current marketing year (2015/2016) promises to beat a ten-year record, reaching 2.65 million tonnes. However, this quantity is still not enough to meet an existing worldwide demand for flax seed of 3 million tonnes.

"Ukrainian producers will only benefit because of this deficit - they now have all chances to take up a worthy place in the world market of flax seed," - General Director of "ProAgro" Mykola Vernytskyi claims.

"Export-oriented companies are ready to make  purchases of flax seed at maximum prices, but still there developed a deficit of large-tonnage lots of appropriate quality seed," - says CEO of production and commercial firm "Siaivo" Mykola Shkurko.

"For a long time an obstacle in the way of flax seed direction revival in Ukraine was made by export duty rate, set in 1999 at 23% level. This caused sharp reduction of flax cultivation areas. Currently, however, the export duty on flax seed is not abolished, but at least it is abridged to 10%. Alongside with the increased demand for this commodity in the foreign markets, it is no longer so critical for the agrarians "- remarks Oleksii Romaniuk, president of the Flax Growers Association of Ukraine.

According to the owner of the agroenterprise “Zoria” Iryna Kostiushko, the competition in the flaxseed market of Ukraine is not as severe as in other segments. Besides, the interest of buyers from abroad keeps growing due to high quality of Ukrainian flaxseed.

Dynamics of oil flax seed producing in Ukraine, 2006-2015

Period

Sown area, thou. ha

Gross yield, thou. cwt  

Yield, cwt/ha

2006

51

615

12,0

2007

24

114

4,7

2008

19

208

10,9

2009

47

373

8,0

2010

56

468

8,3

2011

59

511

8,7

2012

53

414

7,8

2013

38

254

6,7

2014

34

289

8,7

2015

62

611

10

Source: State Statistics Service of Ukraine.

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