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Reference date: 13-March-2014


  1. Uncertain prospects for the 2014 cereal production

  2. Rice and maize imports to increase in 2013/14 marketing year

  3. Rice prices continued at low levels in February

Uncertain prospects for the 2014 cereal production

Planting of the 2014 main season rice and maize crops is ongoing under favourable weather conditions. However, prospects remain uncertain due to anticipated sharp reductions in the area planted, as a result of generally low prices of maize and rice and despite the Government support to the sector.

The 2013 cereal production is estimated at 4.6 million tonnes or 2 percent up from 2012. This mainly reflects the increase in maize production to 1.9 million tonnes, 3 percent above the high level in the 2012.

Rice and maize imports expected to increase in 2013/14 marketing year

Rice imports in 2013/14 marketing year (July/June) are anticipated to grow by 14 percent and reach 200 000 tonnes, mainly reflecting increased import quotas, under the trade promotion agreement with the United States, and additional import permits from the Andean Community countries. Maize imports are forecast at 3.6 million tonnes, about 5 percent higher than the previous year due to the sustained demand from the feed industry.

Rice prices continued at low levels in February

Prices of first and second quality rice remained stable or declined in February, and were some 10 percent lower than at the same time a year earlier. Low prices are mainly a result of increased local production and lower priced imports.

Relevant links:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
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