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Commodity profile - Sunflower Seed
Botanical Name
General characterstics
Sunflower seed is the fruit of the sunflower (Helianthus annuus). The term "sunflower seed"is actually a misnomer when applied to the seed in its pericarp. When dehulled, the edible remainder is called the sunflower kernel.
Growing season  
Fertilizer application N(kg/hec) P(kg/hec) K(Kg/hec)
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Harvesting season  
1.Sunflower seeds are more commonly eaten as a healthy snack than as part of a meal.
2.The seeds can also be sprouted and eaten in salads.
Market moving factor
1.Demand for Soy meal from the feed sector and, therefore, the fundamentals of this sector affect prices.
2.The production highly fluctuates between years, depending on the monsoon.
3.There are high substitutability between sunflower oil and groundnut oil especially in AP among the consumers. So, price of other major oils like groundnut, soyoil and other edible oils also influence the prices of refined sunflower oil.
4.Besides this, production of the other leading exporting countries like Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, USA and EU also influence the prices to great extent
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