With the widespread disruption that the invasion has caused, Ukraine has had to cap the amount of sunflower oil it is able to export. Wider agricultural exports are predicted to be slashed by half this year.
According to figures released by the Ministry of Agrarian Policy in April, Ukrainian producers have so far managed to plant just 1.7 percent of the expected area for sunflower seeds.
At the end of March, the Ukrainian agriculture agency APK said the “most optimistic scenario” would be that the country would be able to export 400,000 tonnes until the end of the season in September.
This means that for the year, including from last September, Ukraine would only be able to supply 3.5million tonnes, having already supplied 3.1million tonnes.