FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 06/01 - FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA (11 June)


Prospects for the 2001 cereal crops remain somewhat uncertain after exceptionally dry winter conditions, especially in eastern parts of the country. Winter wheat production in particular has been severely affected in some counties and, as a result, the overall output could fall below average this year.

WFP continues to provide basic rations for refugees living in host families and collective centres. Since late May, the increasing tension and exchange of fire between the Macedonian Security Forces and ethnic Albanian armed groups in the region of Lipkovo municipality have brought about a renewed influx of displaced persons in and out of the country. All IDPs are lodged with host families.

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