Turkey’s oilseeds production in 2019/20 is forecast to remain at 3M tonnes despite government efforts to boost output, according to a 1 March Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The GAIN report said Turkey continued to be dependent on imports for cooking oil and meal for the feed sector.

In 2017/18, Turkey imported 655,000 tonnes of sunflowerseed, 931,000 tonnes of sunflowerseed meal and 503,000 tonnes of sunflowerseed oil to meet domestic and export demand.

Domestic soyabean production met only a fraction of domestic demand as soyabean planting was mostly carried out for crop rotation purposes.

“While domestic soya production is expected to increase marginally to 100,000 tonnes in 2019/20, total domestic consumption of soyabean and meal will reach 3.3M tonnes,” the GAIN report said.

According to the USDA, the Turkish government had been trying to increase oilseed production by offering higher production premium payments. However, in 2018-19, the government only increased the cottonseed production premium and kept other oilseeds premiums at the same level as the previous year.

The GAIN report noted that Turkey’s feed sector had been growing at a remarkable speed in recent years.

“New modern mills with large production capacities are pushing smaller ones out of business, although with the economic slowdown, growth slowed in 2018.”
World Grain wrote that according to industry sources, total feed production in Turkey was 24M tonnes in 2018. Total feed production was expected to reach 30M tonnes by 2023.