France wheat exports to fall 40% this year due to poor harvest: Agritel

PARIS, Aug 26 (.) – A sharp drop in France’s common wheat crop this year due to adverse weather throughout the cycle will reduce exports from the European Union’s largest grain producer by almost 40% in 2020/21 , the Agritel consultancy forecast on Wednesday.

Torrential autumn rains hampered planting, and spring drought has reduced common wheat yields this season. Agritel maintained its estimate for the 2020 French harvest at 29.22 million tonnes, up from 39.5 million last year.

The lower availability will affect exports of common wheat, which would fall to 13 million tons in the current 2020/21 season (July-June), compared to 20.9 million tons in 2019/20, he said at a conference. online press Nathan Cordier, Agritel analyst.

China will remain a large export market for French wheat this season, helped by trade disputes with some of its main traditional suppliers, said Cordier, who estimated soft wheat sales to the Asian giant at 1.15 million tonnes in 2020. / 21, up from a record 1.6 million tonnes last season.

The quality of this year’s wheat crop is good enough to meet customer needs, Cordier said.

(Report by Sybille de La Hamaide. Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)