Kosovo Agency of Statistical (KAS), respectively the Department of Agriculture Statistics released today, the Input Price and Agricultural Price Index for the second quarter of this year.
The publication includes data for the period April-June 2012 (Q2 -2012). The publication is based on the prices of agricultural inputs collected in Kosovo. Price collection was carried out in agricultural pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, companies, markets and other places where the prices of agricultural inputs were available. Some agricultural input prices were taken from Consumer Price Index (CPI) from KAS.
The Input Price Index in the second quarter of 2012 increased by 3.0% for Input 1, compared to the same period of 2011. The index for Input 2, decreased by 0.2% compared to the same period of 2011. The overall input index (Input 1 + Input 2) also increased by 2.7% compared to the same period of 2011.
Products that constitute the basis for Input Price Index were divided into two main groups: Goods and services currently consumed in agriculture (Input 1) and Goods and services contributing to investments in agriculture (Input 2).
In the group of Goods and services currently consumed in agriculture, prices were collected according to the following groups: seeds and planting material, energy; oils, fertilizers and improvement of land, plant protection products and pesticides, veterinary expenditures, raw materials for animal feeding, maintenance of materials, maintenance of buildings, as well as other goods and services. Regarding the goods and services contributing to investments in agriculture, the prices were collected for materials (machinery and other equipment’s), buildings (farm buildings, other works except the land improvement works, other buildings, their structure) and others.
In this publication was reviewed the index for the category: plant protection products and pesticides 2005-2012. Graph 1 indicated the second quarter of input price index from 2005 - 2012 for inputs in general, as well for Input 1 and Input 2 (2005 = 100).
Differences of the second quarter index in 2012 compared to 2011 (Difference in %)