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Blue poppy seeds: bleak prospects for 2023

January 18, 2023 at 3:43 PM , Der AUDITOR
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CHRUDIM. Prices are simply too low for the blue poppy seed producers in the Czech Republic. Sowing will consequently decline for the second year in a row if farmers switch to more attractive alternatives.

Prices far from attractive

While trading was mainly subdued in the first few months of the season, demand picked up in January. All carry-in supplies from 2021 have now been sold and suppliers are now exclusively selling the 2022 crop. At 12,000-14,000 mt supplies are, however, still quite high considering that production ranged at 21,000 mt and sales are normally strong in the first few months of the season.

Yet, prices have been too low for many producers in recent weeks. While the prices for blue poppy seeds with <20 ppm morphine content nearly exceede

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