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Reference Date: 14-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2013 recovers from the previous year’s reduced output

  2. Cereal imports expected to remain firm in 2013/14 marketing year

  3. Cereal prices at low levels

Cereal production in 2013 recovers from the previous year’s reduced output

The 2013 cereal production is officially estimated at 248 000 tonnes, 9 percent higher than the reduced level in 2012, but still below the past five year-average. The recovery in 2013 mainly reflects an increase in rice production, as a result of higher plantings.

Sowing of the 2014 main cereal season crops will begin in late April.

Cereal imports in 2013/14 marketing year expected to remain firm

Cereal imports, mainly maize, in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June) are anticipated to remain close to last year’s high levels, supported by strong demand from the feed industry.

Cereal prices at low levels

Rice and maize prices have declined in the past few months and in February were below their levels at the same time a year earlier, following the recovery in 2013 production.









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