Polonia: Potato prices remain low on the Polish market
Potato prices in Western European markets are very low, although in recent weeks, the first indications of slight increases have been observed, according to the Agricultural Report of Wiesław Dzwonkowski, of the Institute of Agricultural Economics
Potato prices on the Polish market are still low. The average price level on the wholesale potato markets at the turn of January and February was 0.54 zloty/kg, compared to 0.56 zloty/kg in the same period of the previous year.
Just like a month earlier, domestic potatoes in Bronisze reached a price of 0.40-0.55 zloty/kg; in Poznań, they stood at 0.47-0.67 zloty/kg; in Lublin, at 0.60 zloty/kg; in Wrocław, at 0.50 zloty/kg and in Łódź at 0.47-0.67 zloty/kg. There is still low demand from both the domestic and the export markets. There are many problems with surpluses, although the quality of the potatoes is not very good and losses in storage are higher than in previous years, reports Wiesław Dzwonkowski.
According to the IERiGŻ expert, there are many indications that the current season will be one of the worst for potato producers in terms of prices and income. The import of potatoes into Poland in the first five months of the current season (July-November 2017) amounted to 17,2 thousand tonnes and was 16% larger compared to the same period of the 2015/16 season. The main supplier of potatoes to the Polish market was Germany, which supplied 10,700 tonnes, i.e. 34% more than in July-November 2016. Imports from the Netherlands amounted to 1.2 thousand. tonnes; those from Belgium reached 1.5 thousand tonnes; France supplied 1.2 thousand tonnes and Great Britain 0.4 thousand tonnes.
Potato exports from Poland in July-November amounted to 8.7 thousand tonnes and were about 42% smaller compared to the same period of the 2016/17 season. The majority of Polish potatoes went to consumers in EU countries, which absorbed 4.9 thousand tonnes, compared to 8.2 thousand tonnes in the same period of the previous season.
Romania, which in recent years had been the largest recipient of Polish potatoes, imported only 298 tonnes, compared to 3,402 tonnes in July-November 2016. In other EU countries, the biggest volumes sold went to Latvia (1.2 thousand tonnes), Great Britain (1.1 thousand tonnes) and the Netherlands (0.8 thousand tonnes).
*1 zloty = 0.24 Euro/0.29 US$