Which Country Consumes the Most Castor Oil Seeds in the World?

Oleaginous Fruits February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global castor oil seed consumption amounted to 2,244 thousand tonnes in 2015, surging by +15.0% against the previous year level. Overall, the global castor oil seed consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +5.6%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +58% from the previous year level. In that year, the global castor oil seed consumption attained its maximum volume of 2,742 thousand tonnes. From 2012 to 2015, the total castor oil seed consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Castor Seed Consuming Countries in the World

1. India (1549K Tonnes)

2. Mozambique (69K Tonnes)

3. China (67K Tonnes)

4. Brazil (37K Tonnes)

5. Ethiopia (12K Tonnes)

Global Castor Oil Seeds Consumption

With nearly 1,549 thousand tonnes, India became the world’s leading castor oil seed consuming country, comprising 86% of global consumption. The other major consumers were Mozambique (69 thousand tonnes) and China (67 thousand tonnes), with a share of 4% and 4%, respectively. Moreover, castor oil seed consumption in India surpassed the figures recorded by Mozambique more than tenfold. They were followed by Brazil with a 2% of global consumption share and Ethiopia with a 1% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of castor oil seed consumption in India stood at +4.9%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: Mozambique (+3.0% per year) and China (-11.0% per year).

The highest levels of castor oil seed per capita consumption was registered in Mozambique (2.47 kg/year), followed by India (1.18 kg/year), Brazil (0.18 kg/year), Ethiopia (0.12 kg/year) and China (0.05 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of castor oil seed was estimated at 0.15 kg/year in 2015.

In Ethiopia, per capita castor oil seed consumption has grown noticably (+5.9% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Ethiopia per capita consumption reached 2.47 kg/year as compared with 0.07 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Castor Oil Seed - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025