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Reference Date: 03-July-2017

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2017 forecast at average level

  2. Cereal imports anticipated to decline in 2017 marketing year

Cereal production in 2017 forecast at average level

Planting of the main 2017 cereal season is virtually concluded. Favourable precipitation levels benefitted planting operations. Maize output in 2017 is anticipated to increase significantly from last year’s production which was affected by Hurricane Matthew late in the season, particularly since sowings are anticipated to remain high. The rice output is also anticipated to increase significantly in 2017 favoured by investments on irrigation and drainage infrastructure promoted by the country’s import substitution drive, combined with improved growing practices, including precision farming. The 2017 cereal output is initially forecast by FAO at an average of 950 000 tonnes, about 9 percent above the previous year’s level.

Cereal imports anticipated to decline in 2017 marketing year

Cereal imports for the 2017/18 marketing year (July/June) are forecast at 2.1 million tonnes, some 8 percent below last year’s high level. The negative effects of severe dry weather and Hurricane Matthew on domestic crop production caused cereal imports to increase significantly in the previous two years. Both rice and maize imports are anticipated to decline, mainly reflecting the anticipated good outputs for 2017.