STRUCTURAL GAP IN THE LINKS AMONG AGRIBUSINESS ENTERPRISES
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Partnership cooperation of food economy sector (farms, processing enterprises, distribution) can form an important element of strategic activities facilitating development of competitive advantage also in the context of participation of Polish agribusiness in the international food trade. Currently activities focused on cooperation within food products distribution channels is missing. The weak market position of farms is the basic barrier to changes in economic relations between agribusiness entities. Agricultural producers show low activity in the area of horizontal integration. By the end of June 2007 46 groups of pigs producers and 5 groups of cattle producers were registered in Poland. In total they integrated 2,700 farms. The farms covered by the study indicated the clear domination of food processing enterprises in regulation of the principles of cooperation. Farmers most often indicated pricing, quality standardization, classification of products and system of financial settlements as the elements with the highest domination of meat industry. Only few farms (12.0% of pigs producers and 8.3% of cattle producers covered) defined cooperation with processing enterprises as based on full partnership.
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