Ukraine ousting the EU from North African barley markets

22.02.2017

In the first half of the 2016/17 season, world barley trade volumes lagged behind the previous two seasons in view of shrinking demand from top buyers. Major exporters reduced export barley supplies by 21%.

At the same time, the struggle is going on mostly for the markets of countries which continue increasing this crop’s imports or keep them at last year’s level. The matter concerns the emerging markets of some North African countries, in particular Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, which are especially dependent on grain imports due to unstable climatic conditions.

It is worth noting that only the EU currently competes with the Black Sea countries in this region. As UkrAgroConsult reported before, the EU’s position has weakened considerably this season due to deteriorated barley crop quality in the top exporting country – France – along with decreased outputs in other European exporters – the UK and Germany.

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