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Reference Date: 07-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Favourable prospects for the 2014 rice crop

  2. Rice exports in the 2014/15 marketing year expected to increase

Favourable prospects for the 2014 rice crop

Harvesting of the 2014 main season rice crop was completed in May, while that of secondary season will begin in September and continue until late November. FAO’s latest forecasts point to an aggregate 2014 rice production (including the 2014 main and the ongoing secondary seasons) of 877 000 tonnes, 7 percent up from the 2013 record crop. This is mainly due to record high plantings, in response to strong export demand, coupled with expected higher yields, following good weather conditions and improvements in agricultural infrastructure, such as drainage and irrigation systems.

Rice exports in the 2014/15 marketing year (January/December) forecast to increase

The country normally exports about three-quarters of its annual rice production and rice is the second most important exported product after gold. Rice exports in the 2014/15 marketing year (January/December) are anticipated to increase by some 15 percent to 460 000 tonnes, as a result of strong demand from Venezuela and new export destinations, including Haiti, Panama and Belize.







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