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  Bhutan

Reference Date: 10-July-2017

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Production prospects for 2017 cereal crops favourable

  2. Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 marketing year forecast at average levels

  3. Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Production prospects for 2017 cereal crops favourable

Harvesting of the 2017 minor winter season crops, mainly wheat and barley, is underway and will be completed by the end of July. Overall, the 2017 wheat and barley production is forecast to remain close to last year’s high level, supported by favourable weather conditions during the growing season.

Planting of the 2017 main monsoon season paddy and maize crops is almost complete under generally favourable weather conditions. Assuming normal weather conditions for the reminder of the season, FAO forecasts the 2017 paddy and maize outputs at 80 000 tonnes and 86 000 tonnes, respectively.

Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 marketing year forecast close to average levels

Domestic cereal production meets only about 70 percent of the national cereal requirements. In the 2017/18 marketing year (July/June), total cereal imports are forecast close to last year’s average level of 78 000 tonnes. Imports consist mainly of rice and wheat, which are forecast at 70 000 and 6 000 tonnes, respectively.

Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Food insecurity persists mostly in rural areas, especially in eastern and southern parts of the country.