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DLG-Agrifuture Insights - Country Report Poland 2018

High investment confidence; challenges in feeding, animal health and clout

Farmers in Poland assess the current business environment as average. As in the previous year, farmers intend to invest heavily. Livestock holders currently see the greatest challenges in the questions of production, animal health and feeding. Arable farmers place the greatest importance on high-performance technology.

Business environment continues to be good, focus of investments on expansion of production and increasing productivity

  • Farmers in Poland evaluate the current business environment as average. After the positive climate in autumn 2017, farmers' expectations are settling at a comparable level.
  • Pig farmers are most optimistic with regard to the business development of the coming 12 months. Cash crop producers, who in some cases suffered greatly under the drought in 2018 and go into 2019 with mixed expectations, show a heterogeneous picture. The great majority of dairy cattle farmers are approaching the near future with average expectations.
  • As in the previous year, Polish farmers once again intend to invest strongly. Investments are primarily intended to expand production and increase working productivity.

Arable Farming: Prices and stability have priority when purchasing machines, focus on stubble cultivation and high performance, desire for improved machine management

  • 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: Optimising management and feeding, improving animal health

  • Polish livestock holders currently see the greatest challenges in the questions of production, animal health and feeding.
  • Increased milk output, improved animal health and optimised feeding are central management fields.
  • Milk producers have shown great interest in new technology with which animal health, animal welfare, the barn climate and feeding can be improved. They also view breeding for longevity as important.

Pig farming: Focus on animal health and efficient feeding, ensuring profitability

  • For Polish pig farmers, management tasks, animal health, efficient feeding and questions of profitability currently represent the greatest challenges.
  • Improved animal health and feeding efficiency is a top priority in the requirement specifications of the farmers surveyed.
  • Pig farmers in Poland expect new technology to provide improvements particularly in the ventilation of pens and with regard to herd health.

Digitalisation: Farmers see real chances for possible optimisations. Up until now only restrained interest in digital solutions

  • Polish farmers see the advantage of digitalisation primarily in the documentation, operational planning and a more efficient use of farm inputs.
  • Digital solutions are stilled used cautiously. Software for herd management and digital field catalogues are used most frequently.

Business conclusion:

  • The investment confidence of Polish farmers continues to be high.
  • Farmers continue to be on an expansion course. Their focus is on investing in the expansion of production and increasing working productivity.
  • 44 percent and 45 percent of investments are to flow into indoor livestock systems and field operations respectively. 11 percent are planned for investments in renewable energies.
  • When purchasing agricultural technology, farmers are especially interested in purchase prices and spare parts prices, stability and operating comfort of machines and implements.
  • High-performance, efficient technology is important to arable farmers. The main focus of attention of livestock holders is on improved animal health and optimised feeding.
  • Polish farmers recognise the advantage of digitalisation, however up until now use only a few digital instruments on a regular basis.

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