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Reference Date: 12-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Prospects for the 2014 secondary season cereal crops are favourable

  2. Cereal imports in 2013/14 (July/June) marketing year to remain at last year’s levels

Prospects for the 2014 secondary season cereal crops are favourable

Harvesting of the 2014 secondary season cereal crops, rice and maize is underway. Prospects are favourable as a result of good weather conditions during the season coupled with improved input supplies, following the Government’s efforts to support cereal production.

Official estimates of the 2013 cereal production point to an increase of 7 percent from last year’s level to 955 000 tonnes. The increase reflects higher rice output and a strong recovery in maize production, following increased plantings, Government’s support programmes and technical cooperation agreements with Viet Nam and Brazil contributed to the general increase in cereal production.

Cereal imports in 2013/14 (July/June) marketing year to remain at last year’s levels

The country normally imports three-quarters of its cereal consumption requirements, mainly wheat (which is not produced domestically) and rice. In the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June), imports of wheat are forecast to remain at their average level of 800 000 tonnes. By contrast, rice imports are forecast slightly down from last year, at 390 000 tonnes following the 2013 good production.







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