Oilseed Rape

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of trends in (a) acreage of oilseed rape, (b) imports of oilseed rape and (c) imports of oilseed rape substitutes in the last 10 years.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Oilseed rape area increased from 269 thousand hectares in 1984, reaching a peak of 756 thousand hectares in 2012. Since then the area has decreased each year (apart from 2018 when an increase to 583 thousand hectares was seen). The provisional figure for 2020 shows a further decrease to 388 thousand hectares.

Total area planted for Oilseed rape in hectares for the last ten years

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Thousand hectares

705

756

715

675

652

579

562

583

530

388*

*2020 figure is current estimate based on Defra survey

Total Oilseed rape imports over the same period are shown below

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Thousand tonnes

64

18

177

87

87

63

345

206

354

Total other Oilseed (excl Rape but including Soya, Nut, Sunflower, Linseed) imports over the same period are shown below

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Thousand tonnes

1,016

991

842

1,013

998

903

954

1,012

851

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