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India to host 3rd global sunflower seed meet on July 19

Our Bureau Ahmedabad | Updated on July 03, 2019 Published on July 03, 2019

The global sunflower seed production in the year 2018-19 is estimated at 51.41 million tonnes.   -  BusinessLine

After China and Ukraine, India will host 3rd International Sunflower Seed and Oil Conference (ISSOC) 2019 on July 19 and 20 in Mumbai. The conference, hosted by Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA), will see participation from global industry leaders, experts, researchers, and government representatives

Union Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal is likely to be the Chief Guest and Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, will preside over the Inaugural Function.

Over 300 delegates from across the world with interests in sunflower seed, oil and meal are expected to attend this conference in Mumbai. A large group of members of CIARA, Argentina headed by H.E. Dr. Luis Miguel Etchevehere, Agriculture Secretary (Minister), Government of Argentina, will also participate.

Also, International Trade Centre (ITC) Geneva of United Nations under their project SITA (Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa) is planning to send a delegation of Sunflower seed growers/processors from Tanzania & Uganda for participating in this International Conference, SEA stated in a statement.

India’s consumption of sunflower oil

India is the largest importer of sunflower oil with imports of about 2.8 million tonnes. The global imports of sunflower oil is around 9.6 million tonnes. This shows significance of India in the global sunflower seed and oil market as every producer or exporting country in the world looks to India for a market.

Sunflower seed is seen as a healthy table-seed and culinary seed having wide applications in variety of food preparations including cakes and pastries.

Sunflower Oil Association

International Sunflower Oil Association (ISOA) was established in 2015 in Rome by National Associations and Companies from China, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Spain and Argentina. It aims to encourage and promote better communications among sunflower oil producers, industry groups, academic researchers and local governments, as well as enhancing sunflower oil value addition and enlarging the field of its commercial application.

The first International Sunflower Oil Symposium and ISOA launching ceremony was held in October 2015, in Shanghai, China and the second conference was held in July 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine.

The global sunflower seed production in the year 2018-19 is estimated at 51.41 million tonnes, sunflower oil at 19.45 million tonnes & sunflower meal at 20.90 million tonnes. Leading producers of sunflower are Ukraine, Russia and Argentina, while countries like Belarus, France, Hungry, Romania, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Tanzania, China, India produce relatively smaller quantity.

The leading importers of sunflower oil are India, China, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey & EU. The leading importers of sun meal are, China, Turkey, France, Netherlands, Belarus, Spain, Poland, and India among others.

Published on July 03, 2019
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