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  Bhutan

Reference Date: 09-March-2018

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Positive prospects for minor wheat and barley crops

  2. Above-average cereal harvest gathered in 2017

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

  4. Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Positive prospects for minor wheat and barley crops

The 2018 minor winter crops, mainly irrigated wheat and barley, are currently in the stem extension to heading stages and harvesting will start in June. Crops are in good condition and production prospects are positive on account of the favourable weather conditions and ample availability of irrigation water following abundant rains in the second half of 2017.

Above-average cereal harvest gathered in 2017

The 2017 national cereal output is estimated at 198 000 tonnes, 3 percent above the previous year’s bumper level. Of the total, maize is estimated to have accounted for 86 000 tonnes, a new record level, 5 percent up from the previous high in 2016. This is mostly attributed to an expansion in plantings supported by Government initiatives to support domestic maize production, including provision of hybrid seeds, fencing and mechanization infrastructure. Paddy output is estimated to at 87 000 tonnes, slightly above the previous year’s above-average level. The output of other minor crops, such a millet, barley and wheat, remained unchanged from the 2016 good levels.

Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast close to average level

In the 2017/18 marketing year (July/June), cereal import requirements are forecast at 92 500 tonnes. Imports consist mainly of rice and wheat, which are forecast at 80 000 and 9 000 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.

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