India will be hosting the 3rd edition of International Sunflower Seed and Oil Conference (ISSOC) 2019 in Maharashtra, Mumbai from July 19 to 20, 2019. The aim of the conference is to encourage better communications among sunflower oil producers, industry groups, academic researchers and local governments.
Note: The first edition of this conference was held in 2015 at Shanghai, China and 2nd edition in 2017 at Odessa, Ukraine.
India’s consumption of sunflower oil
Sunflower seed is seen as healthy table-seed and culinary seed having wide applications in variety of food preparations including cakes and pastries. In 2018-19, globally sunflower seed production was at 51.41 million tonnes, sunflower oil at 19.45 million tonnes and sunflower meal at 20.90 million tonnes.
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 global sunflower seed and oil market as every producer or exporting country in the world looks to India for a market.