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                                                                                                                                                Slovenian Economic Mirror, April 2010              29
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Prices in the agro-food supply chain                                                                                                  Producer prices of agricultural products dropped last year
                                                                                                                                      roughly by the same amount as they increased in the
                                                                                                                                      previous year, with large fluctuations especially in prices of
After surging in 2007 and 2008 in all three links of the
                                                                                                                                      crops. Producer prices of agricultural products dropped
agro-food supply chain, food and beverage prices dropped
                                                                                                                                      by 14.6% last year, after increasing by 14.5% in 2008.
significantly in the first link and somewhat less in the
                                                                                                                                      Broken down by structure, prices of crop products, as
second link last year, but increased somewhat further in
                                                                                                                                      well as prices of animals and animal products dropped,
the third. Relatively strong price rises in food and non-
                                                                                                                                      the former more than the latter (by 19.9% last year, after
alcoholic beverages in 2007 and 2008 made a significant
                                                                                                                                      three consecutive years of extremely strong growth).
contribution to total consumer price growth. Prices
                                                                                                                                      Prices in all groups of agricultural products dropped,
of food and non-alcoholic beverages contributed 2.9
                                                                                                                                      most notably prices of industrial plants and cereals (the
p.p. to total consumer price growth (7.7%) in these
                                                                                                                                      former more than one half and the latter one third). Prices
two years. Significant price rises were first recorded at
                                                                                                                                      in animal output recorded a smaller decline, 11.7%, after
the beginning of the agro-food supply chain, and then
                                                                                                                                      somewhat lower growth rates in the previous period
also in the other two links. As on European and world
                                                                                                                                      last year. Prices of animal products declined more than
markets, growth in prices of agricultural products in
                                                                                                                                      prices of animals; for example, prices of milk by as much
Slovenia was attributable to various causes. Some were
                                                                                                                                      as one fifth. Prices of agricultural products rose by 25.4%,
temporary (such as extremely low global reserves, bad
                                                                                                                                      on average, in the period since 
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