Quarterly Agribusiness Survey – March 2014

Post-farmgate agribusiness conditions fell significantly in the March quarter from a 9-year high in December quarter as supportive seasonal factors dissipated. However, a sustained period of positive readings suggests that underlying fundamentals remain strong.

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  • Post-farmgate agribusiness conditions fell significantly in the March quarter from a 9-year high in December quarter as supportive seasonal factors dissipated. However, a sustained period of positive readings suggests that underlying fundamentals remain strong.
  • Survey respondents continued to be overwhelmingly optimistic in their medium-term outlook for post-farmgate business conditions. This, combined with expectations of a prolonged period of low interest rates, has fuelled strong capital expenditure intentions for the year to come.
  • Against the backdrop of a solid pace in grains and red meat exports in the March quarter, the export sales index remained comfortably in positive territory, while respondents’ bullish optimism pushed the 3-month expectations index to its highest level in more than 7 years.

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