DLG e.V. - Poland: DLG-Agrifuture Insights Report

DLG-Agrifuture Insights - Country Report Poland 2017 High investment confidence of farmers in Poland, setting of operational course with direct sowing, animal welfare and nutrient management

Business environment friendlier, peak value for tendency to invest in European comparison

  • Farmers in Poland are more satisfied with the current business environment than in spring 2017. With 2.9 points, farmers assess the current situation to be as good as it last was in autumn 2014. Farmers have left the depressed mood of 2015 and 2016 behind them.
  • Dairy cattle farmers and cash crop producers are more optimistic about the business development of the coming 12 months. The expectations have normalised after the reserved expectations of 2015 and 2016. On the other hand, pig farmers evaluate the expectations for the business development of the coming 12 months cautiously.
  • The improved economic environment leads to a 4 percentage point higher investment confidence than in spring 2017. The value is increasing to 49 percent.

Arable Farming: Focus of investments on tractors and sowing technology, manufacturer and machine quality decisive for investment decisions

  • 41 percent of the cash crop producers surveyed in Poland intend to invest in the coming 12 months. At the focus of investments are tractors, direct sowing technology and combine harvesters.
  • Important aspects of the purchasing decision are the operating convenience of the machines and the purchase and spare parts prices.
  • Innovations in technology for need-oriented fertilisation have top priority for the surveyed cash crop producers.

Dairy cattle farming: Reduce costs, optimise herd management and improve animal welfare

  • The dairy cattle farmers surveyed in Poland see cost reductions as the most important measure for confronting future low-price phases for milk prices.
  • The securing of financial solvency and the management of fluctuating producer prices are important management areas.
  • Milk producers are very interested in technical innovations for improving animal welfare.

Pig farming: Focus on nutrient management, solving conflict of interests between animal welfare and the environment, as well as on nutritional analysis of manure

  • In farm nutrient management, the pig farmers surveyed in Poland are banking on the application of manure close to the ground and leasing of land.
  • The majority of pig farmers is of the opinion that the conflict of interests between animal welfare and environmental protection can be solved with new sty concepts.
  • Just under one-third of the farmers consider the animal-friendly sties to be realisable, which lies above the average in a comparison between countries.
  • With regard to the technology trends, the focus of interest is on determination of nutrients in manure.

Business conclusion:

  • Every second farmer surveyed in Poland intents to invest in the coming 12 months.
  • The most important reason for investing is the expansion of production. The high investment confidence of the farmers makes them open to beneficial technology and innovations in process design.
  • 38 percent of the planned investments are to be made in indoor livestock systems, 57 percent in outdoor livestock systems and 5 percent in renewable energy.
  • The operating convenience of machines and implements is an important buying argument. Great value is placed on the manufacturer – customer bonding measures strengthen the cooperation between manufacturers and farmers.
  • Need-oriented fertilisation is a key interest of the entrepreneurs. Livestock owners want to improve animal welfare and are interested in digital solutions for production control.
  • Dairy cattle farmers want to further advance mechanisation with automated feed provision.

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