Oil Seeds & Oil Cakes

Introduction & Global Overview

Oilseeds are among the fastest growing component of agricultural trade globally with soybean, rapeseed, cottonseed, sunflower seed and peanuts being the major oilseed crops
Soybean constitutes the largest harvested oilseed crop, with 285.01 million metric tonnes of the crop being harvested in 2013-14.
Globally, USA and Brazil are the largest producers and exporters of oilseeds and oilmeals, with the countries cumulatively contributing to ~40% of world production of the commodity.
Soymeals dominates the meal market with its share of production projected at 62.7% in 2014-15 - higher than that of all other meals put together
India Scenario
7th Largest Oil Crops Producers
~10% Accounting for of global oilseeds production
5th Largest Exporter
The country’s diverse demographics of the country favour growth of seven edible oilseeds including groundnut, rapeseed & mustard, soybean, sunflower, sesame, safflower and niger and two non-edible oilseeds viz. linseed and castor seeds.
However, the country is a traditional importer of vegetable oils and negligible participant in global oilseed trade.


Oilseed Production in India
(Million Tonnes)
Oil-meal Exports from India (Apr-Dec 2014)
(Million Tonnes)


Production (MT)
  • Madhya Pradesh7.04
  • Rajasthan4.16
  • Gujrat3.84
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