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Reference Date: 13-December-2016

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2016 estimated at bumper level

  2. Cereal imports expected to remain at high levels in 2016/17 marketing year

  3. Cereal prices stable and below year-earlier levels in November

Cereal production estimated at bumper level in 2016

After two years of reduced cereal crops due to El Niño, cereal output for 2016 is estimated at close to 4.5 million tonnes or 23 percent above last year’s drought-reduced level. The increase mainly reflects larger rice and maize crops output. Plantings of both crops increased significantly reflecting higher domestic prices at the beginning of the year, while increased precipitation levels since June as a result of the dissipation of the El Niño phenomenon, improved yields compared to the previous year’s drought‑reduced levels, particularly for rice.

Cereal imports expected to remain at high levels in 2016/17 marketing year

Cereal imports in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to remain relatively unchanged from the previous year’s level and well above the country’s five‑year average, mainly reflecting high import demand for rice and maize, particularly from the feed industry. Imports during the marketing year are anticipated to reach 7.6 million tonnes.

Cereal prices stable and below year-earlier levels in November

Rice prices in November were relatively unchanged and were below their levels from a year earlier as this year’s good harvest and recent imports continued to pressure prices lower.

Maize prices declined and were well below their levels in November last year, reflecting adequate domestic supplies from the good 2016 harvest as well as recent imports.