According to previous practice, the procurement of corn will be initiated on the sixth day of the first lunar month, but the purchase and sales market for corn will be opened up later than that in the previous year because China is affected by 2019-nCoV. As such, the sales of corn seeds in the market may be postponed in 2020.
Delivery service is reduced, while truck delivery becomes more difficult because all areas in China has launched emergency responses and adopted measures for traffic control to close roads and villages, impose traffic restraint on cars registered in other cities, and place restriction on the permission of trucks. More and more enterprises delay or even stop the procurement for unprocessed grain, and active purchase and sales is expected to come after the epidemic is controlled. However, enterprises that prepare inventory before the festival or have few inventory may get into predicament, so enterprises, especially livestock and poultry breeding enterprises, should make proper arrangement to ensure the supply of raw material for production.
Based on the current situation, only several enterprises start their procurement as scheduled, while most of the enterprises postpone their procurement. It is expected that procurement for corn will be restored across China after the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. At the same time, the progress of procurement of corn will be affected by that the processing enterprises’ decision to resume work is delayed.
Undoubtedly, delay in the purchase and sales of corn will influence capital flow of farmers and enterprises, so corn seeds market also postpone trade in 2020. Experts estimated that the purchase and sales of corn seeds in the market of northeast China, northwest China and north China may be postponed to the middle ten days of April, while that in Huanghuaihai will be delayed to the first half of May.
Nevertheless, there leaves a short time for seeds manufacturers and distributors to make good preparation for the market demands, because lots of seeds manufacturers and distributors are forced to stop production for the safety of employees during the outbreak of virus, and their work efficiency is greatly affected by the restricted delivery services.
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