What else? 29th Edition of Foodcom PLANT-BASED Newsletter

Author Foodcom
Reading time 8 minut
Publication date 15 February 2023


The French farmers are somewhat unhappy

Just kidding, they are very upset. A few days ago, hundreds of tractors appeared on the streets of Paris. They were farmers who had come to protest the restriction on the use of pesticides that followed the European Union’s ruling. The environmentalists are pleased that fewer agents harmful to soils and insects will be released into the environment, but the farmers are seriously concerned about sugar beet yields and subsequent sugar production. In their opinion, they have not been given any alternatives. Not a very sweet situation, that’s for sure.

Corn imports to the European Union have increased significantly

In the 2022/23 season from July to February 5, EU corn imports totaled 16.69 million tons, up 69% from the same period a year earlier. Demand for corn from outside member countries has increased due to the drought that has hit the European Union in recent months. The largest volumes were imported by Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Hungary increases inspections of Ukrainian grain

The Hungarian government believes that the European Union and its bodies are inactive (French farmers would probably disagree…). Therefore, it was decided to introduce strict quality and safety controls for the whole food chain through which grain from Ukraine is delivered. The official goal is to protect Hungarian agriculture and farmers.

The Americas

U.S. farmers boost corn crop after devastating drought

According to official data, only 24.04 million tons of corn have been exported from the United States since last year’s harvest, a 43% decline from the previous year. The main reason for this is the devastating drought that was hitting the country. This, coupled with rising fertilizer prices, has led many farmers to plant more corn (often at the expense of soybeans). The good news is that this could help ease global corn prices, which have skyrocketed following Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Argentina is likely to break the record in 2023

It’s all about record volumes of imported Brazilian soybeans. Argentina’s projected soybean crop for the 2022/23 season is very low, so producers of soybean meal and soybean oil are turning to Brazilian commodities to meet their commitments. Argentine soybean processors are predicted to become very desperate, and total imports could reach up to 2 million tons in 2023. It is clear that Brazil and Argentina will be real soy-mates this year.

Colombians value rice from Peru

Its high quality and competitive price have led Peruvian rice to conquer the market in Colombia. According to the latest data, Peruvian producers can potentially export up to 100,000 tons of rice per year to the neighboring country. Doesn’t that sound rice?

Asia & Oceania

Warm February worries Indian farmers

The relatively warm first half of February has farmers worried that wheat yields will be very low. A similar situation occurred last year. The uncharacteristically high temperatures for this time of year could have a negative impact on both the quantity and quality of the harvest. The consequences are difficult to assess at this point.

China’s pork prices trigger price cut for… soybeans

China is the world’s largest importer of soybeans and soy meal, so the entire market for these products is very sensitive to changes in the Chinese economy. Fluctuations in production volumes and pork prices in China have a significant impact on feed prices and also on soybeans themselves. Domestic pork prices in China fell 17.5% during the month and 43% during the quarter. As a result, soybean meal prices fell 15% during the quarter and soybean processing margins are close to zero.

Indonesia and Malaysia face EU deforestation ban

Talks are underway in the European Union on a new policy on deforestation. They are causing great concern among palm oil producers. Therefore, Malaysia and Indonesia have sent a delegation to Europe to gather information and present their views on the future policy of the EU. The new ban on deforestation could block future palm oil imports from the two countries. Their efforts are trying to prevent this scenario.