Selected aspects of the internal and external competitiveness of Slovak agricultural and food products
D. Matošková, J. Gálikhttps://doi.org/10.17221/579-AGRICECONCitation:Matošková D., Gálik J. (2009): Selected aspects of the internal and external competitiveness of Slovak agricultural and food products. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 55: 84-93.
The article describes the competitiveness of Slovak agricultural and food products after the accession of the Slovak Republic into the EU. The analysis has shown that even despite the increased subsidization and full liberalisation of trade, the competitiveness of our products still needs to develop. The main reason behind this is the poor efficiency of production and the lack of innovation activities. Most agricultural commodities are profitable only because of subsidies. Processing industry is the main contributor to the worsening deficit of trade balance. Specific commodities with good sales potential in the EU market include cereals, malt, wheat flour, dairy products, live cattle and sheep meat.Keywords:competitiveness, efficiency, prices, costs, EU, foreign trade, balance, market segmentation