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Reference Date: 23-August-2016

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2016 forecast at bumper level

  2. Cereal imports in 2016/17 marketing year forecast to decline

  3. Prices of rice and maize remained stable in July

Cereal production in 2016 forecast at bumper level

The harvest of the main cereal season is well advanced. According to latest remote sensing data, the season developed normally, with a recovery in precipitation from last year’s reduced levels, following the dissipation of the El Niño phenomena in June. Rice output, which accounts for 96 percent of cereal production, is expected to increase 2 percent from last year’s already high level and reach 920 000 tonnes. Increased levels of irrigation, made possible by improved irrigation infrastructure and more widespread use of higher yielding varieties are expected to increase yields. Maize ouput is forecast to recover from last year’s drought‑reduced level reflecting the recovery in precipitation and Government provision of subsidized inputs such as seeds of higher yielding varieties. Unlike rice, maize cultivation is rainfed and was severely impacted by the El Niño phenomena in 2015. Early forecasts point to an output of 40 000 tonnes in 2016, the highest level since 2013.

Cereal imports in 2016/17 marketing year forecast to decline

Cereal imports in the 2016/17 marketing year are forecast to decline sharply from last year’s high level and reach 1.7 million tonnes. Maize imports, which account for almost 70 percent of all cereal imports, are expected to decrease by some 12 percent reflecting this year’s recovery in output and high stock levels. By contrast, rice imports are forecast to increase reflecting high local demand.

Prices of rice and maize remained stable in July

Rice prices in July were relatively unchanged from the previous month and from the same month last year, prices have remained relatively stable over the last few weeks as the product from the recent harvest began to enter the market.

Retail maize prices in July were unchanged and well below year‑earlier levels reflecting adequate supplies, mainly from imports in the market.











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