Palm oil prices to stay high as fertilizer costs limit output – CPOPC

Author of the article: KUALA LUMPUR — Palm prices are expected to stay strong next year as production will remain constrained due to soaring fertilizer costs and long-standing labor shortages, the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) said on Thursday. The sector, which is already facing sluggish yields after farmers reduced fertilizer usage in…
Palm oil prices to stay high as fertilizer costs limit output – CPOPC

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KUALA LUMPUR — Palm prices are expected to stay strong next year as production will remain constrained due to soaring fertilizer costs and long-standing labor shortages, the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) said on Thursday.

The sector, which is already facing sluggish yields after farmers reduced fertilizer usage in 2018 and 2019, may again suffer from lower inputs next year.

CPOPC said smallholders are expected to cut down on inputs as prices of nitrogen and phosphate have jumped by 50%-80% since mid-2021, while plantation firms may face challenges due to supply constraints.

“As a result, Indonesia and Malaysia may not be able to deliver much output growth in 2022,” it said. The two countries collectively constitute 85% of the world’s palm oil supply.

Tight supply has already driven up prices of benchmark crude palm oil futures by 31% so far this year, with the contract hitting a record high of 5,220 ringgit ($1,252.25) a tonne.

“Production of palm oil will remain constrained with limited upside potential, and prices will likely continue to trade in the bullish range of US$1,000 per tonne,” CPOPC said, adding that the rally in 2022 could be dampened by higher soybean oil output.

The council forecast China’s palm oil imports to rise to 7.2 million tonnes in 2021/22, from 6.8 million tonnes in 2020/21, boosted by an economic recovery.

Imports by India are estimated at 8.6 million tonnes in 2021/22, up from 8.5 million tonnes in 2020/21, while the European Union’s imports are estimated to rise to 6.9 million tonnes from 6.2 million tonnes in 2020/21.

CPOPC, however, warned that the impact from the Omicron coronavirus variant has cast doubts on demand recovery.

($1 = 4.1685 ringgit) (Reporting by Mei Mei Chu; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Vinay Dwivedi)

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