FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 06/99 - PERU (2 June)
PERU (2 June)
Harvesting of the 1999 wheat crop is underway. Output is anticipated to be slightly below-average due to lower plantings. Harvesting of the maize crop (yellow and white) continues and production is expected to be lower than last year’s record, but nevertheless remains slightly above average. Harvesting of the paddy crop is underway and production in the first three months is estimated at about 405 000 tonnes compared to 262 000 tonnes the year before. A bumper crop of some 1.6 million tonnes is expected. This largely reflects increased plantings in response to expanding exports, possibly to neighbouring countries, coupled with favourable weather conditions.