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Blue poppy seeds: rainfall is urgently needed

April 29, 2020 1:46 PM, Der AUDITOR
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CHRUDIM. Uncertainties and lack of demand dominate the Czech blue poppy seed market. In addition, there is the lack of rainfall and the hope of rain in May.

Rising price indications

Czech traders continue to report low buying interest outside long-term contracts. Nevertheless, the price indications for low morphine poppy seeds at EUR 2.72-2.75 per kg FCA Czech Republic are slightly above the level last week's prices. Meanwhile, traders from Hungary offer high morphine poppy seeds of Spanish origin at prices of EUR 2.05 per kg FCA.

Due to the Corona crisis, uncertainty is spreading in the market and it remains to be seen how the situation will develop. The baking industry, which in some cases has been severely affected by a lack of sales, is a decisive factor for the blue poppy seed market. Farmers are therefore holding back with offers for the new crop.

Blue poppy seeds

Type

Price

Czech Republic, <10 ppm morphine, FCA CZ

EUR 2.72-2.75/kg

Turkey, <20 ppm morphine, FOB Izmir

USD 3.33/kg

Spain, >200 ppm morphine, FCA Hungary

EUR 2.05/kg

Trade sources

Rain is urgently needed

The sowing forecasts for the 2020 crop are currently at 40,000 ha, which means that production has the potential to exceed last year's figure. For the time being, however, precipitation is urgently needed in order to fully exploit the yield. It is still too dry in the fields. Market players are not yet giving up hope. This time last year, similar conditions prevailed until May brought the needed rainfall - in some places almost too much rain. The coming weeks will therefore be decisive for the development of the sowing.

Blue poppy seed production, Czech Republic

Year

ha

mt/ha

mt

2016

35,543

0.80

28,574

2017

32,586

0.65

21,180

2018

26,608

0.52

13,778

2019

35,800

0.68

24,344

2020*

40,000

0.65-0.80

26,000-32,000

Czech Statistical Office

*unofficial estimate

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