Romania becomes EU’s main cereal exporter

Sorin Melenciuc 23/09/2019 | 13:49

Romania has become the main cereal exporter among the European Union member states, leading the economic bloc in terms of wheat and maize exports to other countries.

During the first 11 weeks of the current marketing season 2019/2020, Romania has exported 1,72 million tonnes of common wheat, or 33.6 percent of total EU export, followed by France (1,26 million tonnes, 24.6 percent of EU export), according to EU Crops Market Observatory.

Romania is also the main maize exporter, with 114,737 tonnes delivered since the beginning of this season, or 48.6 percent of total EU export of maize.

The Eastern European country is the second main exporter of barley among the EU member states, with 449,170 tonnes, after France (682,274 tonnes).

Last year, Romania was the third producer of cereals in the EU, after France and Germany, with 31.2 million of tonnes – an all-time high, according to official numbers.

The eastern European country is now the biggest producer of corn and sunflower seeds within the EU, with total output of almost 19 million tonnes of corn and 3.35 million tonnes of sunflower seeds.

Due to larger output, Romania’s export of cereals rose last year by 1 million tonnes up to 12 million tonnes, a record level, and the value of cereal exports was EUR 2.2 billion.

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