Asia along with the archipelago nations off the coast of Southeast Asia will produce an estimated 110 million tons of oilseeds plus palm oil in 1999/00 out of 301 million produced world-wide. Asia and Oceania do not produce vegetable oil crops at a level commensurate with their population, but do produce at a level comparable to their percentage of gross world product. Oilseed plus palm oil output in Asia and Oceania is forecast to be at a record in 1999/00, in line with trend and up because of generally favorable weather thus far during the year; and output is forecast to be up 43 percent over the last 10 years. Peanuts, soybeans, and cottonseed are the largest oilseed crops in Asia and Oceania, but palm oil output has increased dramatically over the last decade, almost reaching the level of cottonseed for which output is up only a small amount.
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