Mid-East demand boosts EU barley HGCA

Tuesday, 01 February, 2000

  • EU barley prices moved higher over the week, as a result of growing demand from the Middle East and North Africa. Most prices saw gains of Euro2-3/t compared to a week ago.

    Jordans entry into the market offered the latest interest with its tender to buy 100,000t of feed barley last Monday.

  • Despite the news that France is likely to supply 70,000t of an 80,000t Moroccan wheat tender, French feed wheat prices came under pressure over the week. News that French wheat exports to third countries fell back also weighed on the market.
  • German grain prices ended the week at generally firm levels, helped by steady buying interest from processors and positive price expectations.

    Wheat prices continued their climb of recent weeks moving Euro1-3/t higher from the previous week. Prices also drew support from intervention, with total cereal offers for the first half of January reaching 253,060t.

  • German barley crops in the eastern regions may have suffered from frost damage as temperatures mid-week fell to -15°C.
  • EU malting barley markets saw prices supported close to week-ago levels. Despite some short covering, most in the market are reported to have covered their requirements.
  • The International Grains Council has estimated that the 2000 wheat harvest for the EU is likely to be 100.5 million tonnes, a 4% increase from last years 96.6m tonnes. This has been attributed to a 4% increase in planted area.

    Taken from HGCA weekly MI Bulletin
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