EU pulses harvest expected to grow by 5% this year
The production of pulses in the European Union in 2023 may increase by 5% compared to the previous year, to 6.3 million tons, with the largest increase expected for peas and soybeans, UFOP reports, citing the European Commission.
This year’s harvest may also exceed the average for the last 5 years.
In particular, the pea harvest will increase by 11% year-on-year to 2.1 million tons due to the expansion of sown areas and the expected increase in yields.
The harvest of soybeans, which account for 44% of total pulses production, may increase by 14% to reach 2.3 million tons, despite a reduction in planted areas by 99 thousand hectares this year.
The bean harvest in the European Union is estimated to decrease by 8% to 1.2 million tons this year. The largest decline is expected in the lupine production segment – by 26% year-on-year, to 332 thousand tons, due to lower yields this season.
At the same time, UFOP draws attention to the fact that the sown areas and production of pulses tend to increase, which indicates the interest of farmers in opening new markets and forming sustainable crop rotation systems.
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