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Poland Agribusiness Report Q2 2014 - New Market Study Published

Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Poland Agribusiness Report Q2 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research


Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/15/2014 -- We see the most growth potential for Poland's livestock sector owing to increased export potential to the EU and Asia. The livestock industry in the country is relatively price-competitive compared with industry majors such as Brazil and the US, but it does not necessarily have the right export networks and infrastructure to rival these countries. We believe a law prohibiting kosher beef production, the horsemeat scandal and recent quality concerns in the beef industry will limit growth potential in that segment, but poultry and pork are likely to continue to perform strongly. For grains, we are turning more positive on corn production prospects in the long term, as the country is investing in area expansion for the crop. For sugar, we see growth potential limited by the recent U-turn in the EU's biofuels policy, which restricts the amount of food crops to be used in the production of ethanol.

Key Forecasts

- Corn production growth to 2017/18: 71.8% to 4.2mn tonnes. This extremely high number is due to base effects but also to recent investment in expansion in the crop on the back of high global prices and tight regional markets. Now that global prices have moderated, we expect production growth to be more limited; expansion will come mainly from yield improvements rather than increases in area planted.
- Beef consumption growth to 2017: 8.2% to 187,800 tonnes. Over the past decade, beef consumption has declined rapidly in the wake of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and with consumers believing that poultry is a healthier choice. The horsemeat scandal, as well as recent quality concerns, could affect consumption growth over the long term.
- 2014 real GDP growth: 2.8% (up from an estimated 1.6% in 2013; predicted to average 3.1% over the period 2013-2018).
- Consumer price inflation: 1.3% year-on-year (y-o-y) on average for 2014 (up from the 1.0% y-o-y estimated for 2013).
- BMI universe agribusiness market value: 5.7% y-o-y decrease to US$26.7bn in 2013/14, forecast to increase on average by 3.5% annually between 2012/13 and 2017/18.

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Industry Developments

We have revised up our EU dairy production forecasts for 2012/13 and 2013/14, as the outlook for the industry improved significantly over the second half of 2013. Moderating grain prices globally and in the EU have helped dairy producers' margins and encouraged a recovery in milk deliveries in the union. The long-term contraction trend of the EU-28 dairy herd appears to have stopped thanks to favourable farm-gate prices for milk. For 2013, the US Department of Agriculture estimates dairy cow inventories remained stable. As a result, we do not forecast milk production declines in the coming years but expect production to stabilise around 144.7mn tonnes in 2013 and 2014.

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