South Africa: Surging Rapeseed Production

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   SF2023-0024

Post estimates that South Africa will produce a record rapeseed (locally called canola) crop of 220,000 metric tons in marketing year 2023/24. Rapeseed production in South Africa grew by 7-fold during the past 20 years after it was first introduced in the late 1990s. Constant yield growth from new cultivars combined with firm crush demand because of escalating vegetable oil prices supported the expansion in rapeseed production. As a result, South Africa started exporting rapeseed as local processing capacity is limited. Rapeseed exports should reach record levels in marketing year 2023/24.

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