Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal Vol. 17 (2) September 2017 p. 8-24

Competitiveness of the Rapeseed Industry in China

Khairina Ahmad Khir*; Nazlin Ismail* and Balu, N*
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The purpose of this article is to discuss the competitiveness of the rapeseed industry in China by focusing on the current situation of rapeseed and developments covering production, yield, crop area, trade, consumption pattern and infrastructure as well as government policy. The method of SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis was used to gain an understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Chinese rapeseed industry. The information in this article was collected from various secondary sources. China was chosen for this article based on the fact that this country is one of the largest rapeseed producers and the world’s largest importer of rapeseed. In 2016, rapeseed production continued to decline in response to a further reduction in planted area for the fifth consecutive year due to limited arable land and policies that favour grain crops, thus affecting domestic crushing volume and rapeseed oil production. The situation of palm oil in China was also discussed as palm oil continues to dominate China’s vegetable oil imports. In such a scenario, palm oil has an advantage in gaining more share in China’s vegetable oils market. China will continue to be the world’s major importer of oilseeds, particularly soyabean and rapeseed, in view of the limited oilseeds production in the country and growing domestic demand.

Keywords: rapeseed, production, imports, consumption, policy, competitiveness, China

About Post Author

* Malaysian Palm Oil Board,
6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor,

E-mail: khairina@mpob.gov.my