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Reference Date: 30-April-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Uncertain prospects for the main 2015 season rice crop

  2. Cereal imports are forecast to decrease slightly during the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

Uncertain prospects for the main 2015 season rice crop

Planting of the main 2015 first season rice crop, accounting for between 60 and 70 percent of the annual production, is underway. However, concerns persist over the availability of water to irrigate crops. Sowing operations are already reported to have been hindered by limited supplies of water in major reservoirs, particularly over the eastern-most provinces of the country. As a result, FAO’s first and preliminary 2015 rice production forecast, which assumes an average second season crop, points to output remaining stable around the 2014 level of 630 000 tonnes (422 000 tonnes, milled basis).

Cereal imports are forecast to decrease slightly during the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

The country imports three-fourths of its cereal consumption, mainly wheat which is not produced locally. Preliminary forecasts for the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) point to a decrease of cereal imports of 1.5 percent from the last year’s level, but still close to the country’s five-year average. This mainly reflects a drop in maize imports as a result of the high 2014 production.







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