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COPA-COGECA fear a return in price volatility for European cereals

05 July 2010



A new warning from agricultural organizations and cooperatives from within the European Union, COPA-COGECA,: cereal prices which are currently relatively low, may fluctuate significantly in the coming months.

This issue was urgently debated during a work group on cereals at COPA COGECA on 23rd June. The facts exist: already this year, more than one million hectares of cereal land have not been cultivated. The main reason is that currently, cereal prices are lower than production costs. So the decrease in cereal production observed this year will be amplified next year because crop rotation decisions are being made by farmers now. Therefore, faced with this programmed supply shortage over growing demand, prices could rise sharply during the 2010-2011 campaign.

COPA COGECA have therefore urged the food supply chain to recognize current market difficulties. Paul Temple, the work group’s Chairman, stated: "Cereal production has never been more important, especially with growing world food demand. European farmers need the confidence to see a return from the market and maintain EU production. This will also protect consumers from the increasing risk of volatile prices”.

The results from the COPA COGECA study group confirm that too much market liberalization and the importation of cheaper food commodities as a consequence, undermines price stability and agricultural market stability in extenso, affecting both consumers and producers. Paolo Bruni, President of COGECA, restates that: "We are in favour of fair trade rules decided on a multilateral basis within the WTO, but these must guarantee the respect of equivalent norms”.

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