Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural groups, in the third quarter of FY2020 (started in July 2019) cut sunflower oil sales by 2% year-over-year, to 380,900 tonnes.
According to an operations update posted on the website of the company, the share of bottled oil of total sales in January-March 2020 was 10% (39,000 tonnes).
Oilseeds crushing in Q3 FY2020 grew by 4%, to 940,650 tonnes, running crushing plants at full capacity.
The holding said that grain exports from Ukraine in January-March 2020 grew by 41%, to 2.15 million, including 35% of grain produced by company’s farming division, and the remaining was originated from external suppliers.
Export terminal throughput volumes in Ukraine reached 1.9 million tonnes in the reporting period, up 66% year-over-year, on the back of strong grain export volumes from Ukraine and increased contribution from new TransGrainTerminal. Grain and oilseeds received in inland silos fell by 65%, to 124,540 tonnes.
Kernel cut sunflower sails by 12% year-over-year, to 1 million tonnes. Sunflower crushing grew by 115, to 2.52 million tonnes. The company is progressing on the guidance to process 3.3 million tonnes of sunflower seeds for the whole FY2020.
In 9M of FY2020 grain exports from Ukraine grew by 30%, to 6 million tonnes.
According to the document, export terminal throughput volumes in Ukraine in 9M of FY2020 grew by 41%, to 4.82 million tonnes. Grain and oilseeds received in inland silos fell by 2%, to 4.12 million tonnes.
Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of DowDuPont (the United States), a large global seed producer, occupied 21% of the Ukrainian corn seed market and 16% of the sunflower seed market (the seeds of the two brands – Pioneer and Brevant).
“According to the calculations of the Kleffmann Group, which are based on a survey of farmers in 2018, our market share of the combined portfolio of Corteva Agriscience [the seeds of two brands: Pioneer and Brevant] for corn is 21%, and for sunflower is 16%. The crop protection agents market’s share is 7% However, based on these data, one should take into account the error in the calculations, which can reach almost 3 percentage points,” Head of business in Eastern Europe Corteva Agriscience Serhiy Kharin said.
According to him, in the plans for the next season is to get at least 1% growth in the seed market share for each of the crops.
Corteva Agriscience is an integrated company with the following segments: seeds, crop protection agents and digital technologies. It was created by combining DuPont Pioneer, DuPont Crop Protection, and Dow AgroScience.
Corteva Agriscience includes Pioneer Nasinnia Ukraine LLC, a commercial office located in Kyiv (it provides sales of Pioneer brand seeds) and Stasi Nasinnia LLC, a seed production plant that has been operating since 2013. Over five years, investments in the production complex amounted to more than $56 million. The plant reached its full capacity in 2017: for the production of corn seeds – 500,000 seeds per year, for the production of sunflower seeds – 250,000 seeds per year.
Corteva Agriscience plans to become an independent company which shares will be quoted on an exchange after the previously announced separation process is completed by June 2019.
Sunflower stocks in Ukraine as of December 1, 2018 totaled 7.778 million tonnes, which is 15.4% more than a year ago, the UkrAgroConsult analytical agency has reported, referring to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
According to a posting on the website of the agency, as of December 1, 2018, crushing enterprises cut soybean stocks by 0.8%, to 1.128 million year-over-year.
Rapeseed stocks as of December 1, 218 were 14.1% lower than a year ago, being 199,200 tonnes.