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Reference Date: 19-February-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. The 2013 rice crop recovered from the 2012 lows

  2. Cereal imports in 2013/14 marketing year (July/June) forecast at average levels

  3. Rice prices increased in January

The 2013 rice crop recovered from the 2012 lows

Harvest of the second rice season is virtually concluded. Just as with the harvest of the main season—which finished in August and accounts for 70 percent of production—estimates for the harvest point to an increase from last year due to favourable weather conditions during the development of crop. Aggregate rice output is estimated 8 percent higher than the hurricane-reduced 2012 production, at 820 000 tonnes (paddy), marginally lower than the five-year average. This mainly reflects an increase in yields as area stayed relatively unchanged from 2012.

Cereal imports in 2013/14 marketing year (July/June) forecast at average levels

Imports of cereals in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June) are tentatively forecast at average levels of around 1 million tonnes, marginally up from the previous year, mainly reflecting sustained maize imports in order to satisfy strong demand for feed consumption. Imports of sorghum for feed, which have grown in the last two years since it is a cheaper alternative to maize, are also expected to remain firm.

Rice prices increased in January

Reflecting low supplies in the market, as the 2013 main rice production was not sufficient to overcome the shortfall in stocks due to the reduced 2012 crop, rice prices moderately increased for a second month in January and were slightly above their year earlier levels.









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