Hay Market Research: Czech Republic, Part 1
Czech Republic produced over a million tonnes of hay in 2017. The total market value of hay it produced and the amount of hay exported and imported annually could not be identified or deduced despite several search avenues - most of which have been explained below. The attached spreadsheet has been filled out accordingly.
- In 2017, Czech Republic produced 1,331 thousand tonnes of hay.
- The total market value of forage plants produced by the country was €473 million ($555 million) in 2019.
- Czech Republic's exports trade value for hay was $17 million in 2019, with its imports trade value being $25.7 million.
- Its exports trade value for forage crops was $6.77 million, while its imports trade value for these crops was $1.75 million in 2019.
In order to determine the requested data on hay production in Czech Republic, we first consulted government resources, such as the website of the Ministry of Agriculture in the country. While articles provided by this website were PDF files in Czech - which means the entire files could not be translated, we were able to manually translate data specific to hay. This helped in finding the total hay produced in the country. However, the total market value of hay, as well as, import and export data, could not be found in any of the documents or articles offered by the country's Ministry of Agriculture.
Our next step involved scouring agriculture journals in Czech Republic or Europe in general. The European Commission offered a statistics fact sheet on Czech Republic. This fact sheet included the production output of various agricultural goods, such as cereals, industrial crops, and dairy, however, there was no mention of hay specifically. It appears hay was categorized under forage plants. According to this resource, forage plants produced by Czech Republic is worth €473 million ($555 million).
Next, we attempted expanding our scope to trusted databases that offer data on the import and export of different agriculture products by country. Through this, we encountered OEC World. Although this resource offered the imports and exports trade value of hay in Czech Republic, the data was only expressed in dollars, not in tonnes.
The above mentioned resources did not provide any data on hay consumed by cows, horses, sheep, goats, and pets in the country, neither did it offer any information on hay consumed by animals in the country at large. As a result, NA has been entered into rows D to G.