Palm oil price drop weakened sunflower oil

Palm oil prices’ fall weakened the sunflower oil that retreated by -75 to -80 USD/t during last month to deal between 695 and 700 USD/t FOB, Agritel reports.

"Crushing plants maintained for long-time steady purchase prices due to stiff competition in the sector. This has pushed crushing margins down along with the decline of the international demand," the message reads.

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Analysts note that currently several plants have stopped their works and many other crushers are properly covered in sunflower seeds until the May-June period.

Sunflower seeds prices are declining, the consultancy adds. During last week, CPT prices in port plants lost between -8 to -12 USD/t. Purchase prices in the center region fell by -8 to -16 USD/t.

In the current year, sunflower areas in Ukraine are expected to increase to the new highs.

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