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  Dominican Republic

Reference Date: 08-May-2017

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2017 forecast to remain high

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

  3. Prices of rice and maize pressured by seasonal trends in March

  4. Excessive rainfall levels affected 18 provinces in late April

Cereal production in 2017 forecast to remain high

Planting of the main 2017 first season rice crop concluded in March, while planting of the main 2017 maize crop is underway and will be completed in May. Although official planting data is not yet available, preliminary reports point to a normal start to the season with some localized dryness. Production of the 2017 cereal crops is expected to remain close to last year’s high level as continued Government support to the agricultural sector, particularly for rice, and favourable prices are anticipated to support sowings. Some uncertainty exists, however, due to excessive rainfall levels towards the end of April which may reduce crop yields, particularly for maize.

Cereal imports in 2016/17 marketing year forecast to decline

Cereal imports in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to decline 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 9 percent reflecting this year’s recovery in output and high stock levels. However, maize imports will remian above their five-year average.

Prices of rice and maize pressured by seasonal trends in March

Rice prices in March were relatively stable from the previous month and moderately above last year’s level in anticipation of the harvest in May of the first season crop. Maize prices strongly increased from a month ago and a year earlier as seasonal trends continue to pressure prices.

Excessive rainfall levels affected 18 provinces in late April

According to official reports , 18 of the country’s 32 provinces received excess rainfall levels during the last week of April, resulting in localized floods. Particularly affected were the northeast, southeast, north and central provinces of the country. Some 2 000 homes were affected and over 10 000 people were temporarily displaced. The Government’s response included the deployment of emergency teams as well as the prepositioning of 94 000 dry rations to meet the needs of the people in the ten most affected areas.

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