Intercropping camelina seeds

In 2018, Saipol began piloting trials of intercropped camelina, also known as a summer catch crop, grown between two main crops. Saipol is helping implement camelina in France in order to develop production of vegetable oils for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Saipol is creating the French market for intercrop seeds starting in 2024 by offering attractive prices to pioneering farmers interested in this new form of production, with the support of collecting bodies.

Experimentation since 2018

on camelina
2000 ha
of intercropped camelina
by 2024
5 fold
increase in surface area (ha)
by 2025
6 %
of sustainable aviation fuels will be incorporated into kerosene
by 2030


Pre-treated oil for SAF
(sustainable aviation fuels)
Protein-rich meal for animal feed

Partner collecting bodies for the 2024 trial

Intercropped camelina seeds must be planted before July 10, and harvested with the support of collecting bodies.

“Like any new seed, the success of camelina needs to be anticipated: farmers face a technical challenge, meaning they must plant the seeds correctly and make adjustments to the harvest; collecting bodies must sort them in specific facilities and dry them,” explains Guillaume de la Forest, Camelina Project Manager at Saipol.

This is why, during the development phase, the support of collecting bodies will help to ensure success at every stage of production :

Technical support
for setting up cultivation
Technical advice
on cultivation
Harvest support
to avoid losses
Drying, storage
and logistics to the crushing plant

Limited eligibility

Farmers who are not supported by a partner collecting body during the development phase in 2024 will, for the most part, have to wait until 2025 to join the Saipol project.

The technical specifications for growing camelina were developed in partnership with Camelina Company.

Huile de cameline et graines de cameline

A farmer accompanied by a collecting body or a direct farmer must be able to meet the following conditions :

Sow certified seed purchased from our partner Camelina Company
Sow camelina within 24 hours of harvesting the main crop
Dry (9% humidity) and clean (2% impurities) camelina seeds
Store camelina seeds after harvesting until February
graines et huile de cameline


The ReFuelEU Aviation project, led by the European Union as part of the Fit for 55 legislative package, sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, and provides a framework for developing the use of sustainable fuels to replace a portion of fossil-based paraffin within the EU. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
by at least 55% by 2030.

In France, airlines are already required to incorporate 1% of sustainable paraffin as of 1 January 2022.

Under the European regulation adopted at the end of 2023, suppliers of aviation fuels to European airports with more than 800,000 passengers will have to incorporate a minimum of 2% sustainable fuels by 1 January 2025, then 6% in 2030, 20% in 2035 and up to 70% in 2050.