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Reference Date: 30-March-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Wheat production in 2015 expected to increase over last year’s high level

  2. Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

  3. Prices of wheat flour and potatoes decreased in February

Wheat production in 2015 expected to increase over last year’s high level

The 2015 cereal crops --mainly wheat and barley-- are currently developing under favourable weather conditions. The vegetation response captured by the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), as of the second dekad of March, shows good establishment of winter wheat over most of the country, with the exception of western parts of Armavir province, where soil moisture was generally below normal levels, due to weak rains from mid-January to mid-March. FAO’s early forecasts put this year’s wheat production at 350 000 tonnes, up 3 percent from last year’s bumper level, reflecting an estimated increase in sowings due to high local demand and favourable prices at planting time.

Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

The country is dependent on cereal imports, mainly from the Russian Federation, as national production only covers about 59 percent of total cereal needs. Cereal imports, for the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June), consisting of almost 90 percent of wheat, are forecast at 278 000 tonnes, some 9 percent above last year’s reduced level and some 14 percent below the five-year average. The increase mainly reflects strong local demand.

Prices of wheat flour and potatoes decreased in February

Prices of wheat flour decreased in February, mainly reflecting trends of export quotations in the Russian Federation, the country’s main supplier. Similarly, prices of potatoes, another key staple, decreased considerably in February and were well below their year-earlier levels.









Relevant links:
From GIEWS:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Maps
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2000, 2000, 2000
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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