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Reference Date: 31-May-2019

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Improving yields are expected for 2019 rice main crop

  2. Cereal imports anticipated at above‑average level in 2018/19 marketing year

Improving yields are expected for 2019 rice main crop

Harvesting of the minor season crop is ongoing in the main producing Granma region under favourable conditions on account of reduced rainfall in April. At the same time, good rains in the rest of the country improved conditions for planting of the main season crop. Further, sufficient sunlight and elevated temperature contributed to development of the crop. Consequently, production prospects for the 2019/20 season are anticipated to be positive, compounded by adoption of improved quality maize seeds.

The 2018 cereal production is officially estimated at 806 000 tonnes, 12 percent below the five‑year average. It mainly reflects the decline in maize plantings and the effects of excessive rainfall in May on main maize and rice crops.

Cereal imports anticipated at above‑average level in 2018/19 marketing year

Cereal imports for the 2018/19 marketing year (July/June) are anticipated at above‑average level of 2.3 million tonnes, mainly reflecting a decline in outputs of maize and rice in 2018 and sustained demand by the poultry and swine industry.

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