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Reference Date: 10-Febraury-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Record 2014 cereal production is anticipated

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

Record 2014 cereal production is anticipated

The 2014 main season harvests for maize and rice concluded in December. Aggregate 2014 rice production (first and second seasons) is anticipated to increase 4 percent from last year’s good harvest and reach 700 000 tonnes. The production increase is a result of higher sowings during both seasons. The 2014 aggregate maize production (first and second season) is estimated to have reached a record of 460 000 tonnes, 8 percent up from last year’s good output. The production increase mainly reflects an upward revision of early estimates of the area sown during the year. Total 2014 cereal production is expected to reach almost 1.2 million tonnes, an increase of 6 percent from last year and its highest level in ten years.

Cereal imports are forecast to decrease slightly during 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 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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