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Poland becomes Europe's breadbasket ( Again )

David_18 68 | 982
17 May 2011 #1
The daily DZIENNIK GAZETA PRAWNA writes that demand for Polish food is increasing around Europe - in the first quarter of this year, food exports measured 6.5 percent higher than last year and that number is expected to increase to about ten percent.

Since Poland joined the European Union in 2004, food exports have increased thirty-fold and, last year, measured 13.3 billion euro. Market analysts for the daily claim that increasing growth on the German market means increased demand for Polish food stuffs. However, some experts remain conservative as to how much room for growth there is in food production in Poland because of the fact that it is hard to rapidly grow the swine market and it is nearly impossible to predict how fruit and vegetable harvests will look as they depend on weather conditions.

On another food note, the daily PULS BIZNESU reports that Poland is one of the most carnivorous nations on the planet. According to Euromonitor International's 'Who Eats What' report, Poles eat an average of 74 kilogrammes of meat per person per year, which puts the country at 12th place on a global ranking, above Germany and Italy. For comparison purposes, the paper writes that the average Argentinean eats 116 kilo of meat per year while, on the opposite end of the spectrum, the average Indian eats only 4 kilo of meat annually.,Poland-becomes-Europes-breadbasket

Just like in the good old times!
Wroclaw Boy
17 May 2011 #2
food exports measured 6.5 percent higher than last year and that number is expected to increase to about ten percent.

with the amount of Poles living abroad im not surprised, have to keep all those overseas Poles adequately fed.
Stu 12 | 522
17 May 2011 #3
I don't want to spoil the party, but the fact that exports have risen, doesn't mean to say that Poland therefore becomes Europe's breadbasket, now does it?

According to our Ministry of Agriculture, Dutch agricultural exports have risen from €60,5bn in 2009 to €65bn in 2010, about 5 times as much as Poland's on a land area of 7,5 times smaller than that of Poland, making it the second largest exporter of agricultural products after the United States.

Germany's exports have risen as well with 7.2% to €33,23bn, about 2,5 times the amount of Poland.

Even Belgium exported €34,1bn (over 2,5 times that of Poland) in 2008 on barely 10% of the landarea of Poland.

So, I'm sorry to say, the figures aren't *that* fantastic. Let's try to keep everything in perspective, shall we?

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