vegetable protein

Improved remuneration for protein-rich rapeseed as from 2022

Article written on 26 January 2022

Increasing the protein rates in rapeseed seeds is possible, thanks to the selection of varieties and agricultural practices. To support this transition, Saipol will initiate appropriate remuneration, as from the 2022 harvest. Food and energy transitions finance the agricultural transition.

During the Rencontres OleoPro event organised in Paris, Loïc Godnair, Saipol Sectors Manager, announced that an additional offer would be initiated to better remunerate for the high protein content in rapeseed seeds. This offer will be made as from the 2021-2022 campaign as part of the contracts and practices followed up by Saipol.

Loïc Godnair
“Today, we have ensured that the energy transition in connection with the production of low-carbon energy from oilseeds finances the agricultural transition to practices that promote the conservation and storage of carbon in the soils,” he explained. As from 2022, by focusing on protein, we will complement the scheme so that the food transition can also finance the agricultural transition !”
Loïc GODNAIR, Manager of Saipol's supply chain

In concrete terms, producers will add up bonuses gained thanks to their practices that aim to limit GHG emissions, with the bonuses linked to practices that increase the protein rates in seeds.

Seed retailers already provide varieties based on criteria associating protein content and oil quality. Research is gathering speed. Varietal selection for oilseeds will create more value within the sector. The sector will also need to get organised, in particular to sort protein-rich seeds from standard seeds. Those adjustments shall eventually be financed by the market.

Additional protein points, freed agricultural areas

Moreover, oil made from those seeds with low GHG and high protein content will be valued by Saipol in the low-carbon energy market  or through the Oleo100 biofuel. The fact that additional areas will not need to be  used to produce those seeds is also a plus when addressing buyers. With a 38% or even a 40% protein concentration in rapeseed and sunflower oilcakes, compared to the current 34%, the animal nutrition sector might be able to cut the volume of imported soybeans by 1 to 2 Mt, thus freeing 350 to 700,000 ha in Brazil.

Emelie Halle
“By developing renewable energies made from oilseeds, we co-produce proteins for French breeders, adds Emélie Halle, in charge of the OleoZE solution at Saipol. Thanks to those new rapeseed varieties, we will also increase our food autonomy and reduce imported deforestation associated with food. It is the concrete answer to meet our clients’ expectations and the Europe Union’s view on energies from biomass.”
Emelie HALLE, Manager for the Oleoze solution at Saipol