Romania is set to import its first delivery of Argentine sunflower seeds after dry late weather hit crops in the Black Sea region, AgriCensus reported from Argentine data on 9 March.

The Ephiphania was due to leave the Argentine port of Necochea on 14 March with the first cargo of 35,000 tonnes of sunflower seeds, according to the data. The charterer was reported to be Amaggi.

A further 60,000 tonnes of Argentine sunflower seed exports had also been earmarked to leave for Romania, taking this marketing year’s total volume up to 95,000 tonnes to date, data in the Argentine export registry showed.

Romania’s sunflower seed crop had dropped 28% on the year to 2.24M tonnes due to dry weather across the Black Sea region and a smaller planted area, according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data. This had led to a 37% year-on-year reduction in the country’s exports.

The drought in the Black Sea had also hit the region’s soyabean crops with Brazil set to export 51,600 tonnes of soyabeans to Ukraine on 20 March – the first delivery to the country since July 2020, AgriCensus wrote.