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“To deal with uncertainties, we need to level incomes over several years”

Rémi Haquin, FranceAgriMer

Article published in Terre-net Magazine

I deliver my entire crop to my cooperative and sell my wheat at the average market price. I was Chairman of Valfrance for twenty years and for me, the average market price represents an issue of trust in the cooperative system as well a certain comfort. This year, I might reach a yield of 85 hundredweights per hectare and a satisfactory quality, with the exception of the time of falling Hagberg numbers that apply to about half of my crop.

The cooperative firm paid me a €100/ton advance. I will only receive my average price at the end of the harvest, but it should amount to €130-140/t, against €190/t for the previous crop, and €220/t two years ago.

I must revise my calculations to include the lowered subsidies and the price of fertilizers, but I am quite sure I will not cover my production costs. Luckily for me, I should come out even in rapeseed, field beans and beets. Yet it will be an overall mediocre crop.

As President of FranceAgriMer’s specific grain council, I am aware that the entire French soft wheat harvest will find outlets, at the cost of numerous and detailed analyses for sellers and of investment in sorting instruments that must be borne by members, while the reduction level is already to important.

This year’s major issue: taxes, MSA (social benefits in agriculture) contributions and the cash flow problems they are bound to generate. We just paid the latest income tax installment based on the very good––even too good––2012 crop, and the first two installments for 2013 are around the corner. All this during a fiscal year without cash influx. To deal with uncertainties, we need to level incomes over several years.

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Paris, 20 June 2019