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Reference Date: 11-March-2014


  1. Uncertain prospects for the 2014 rice crop

  2. Rice exports in 2013/14 marketing year expected to increase

Uncertain prospects for the 2014 rice crop

Prospects for the 2014 first season rice crop, currently being harvested, are generally favourable as yields are estimated to be close to last year’s high levels. However, plantings of the main second season rice crop, which starts in May, remain uncertain due to current low prices after last year’s bumper crop. Early forecasts point to a lower 2014 aggregate (first and second seasons) rice production compared to last year’s bumper crop.

The 2013 rice production is officially estimated at a record level of 739 000 tonnes. This is mainly due to record high plantings, in response to strong export demand, coupled with higher yields, following good weather conditions and improvements in agricultural infrastructure, such as drainage and irrigation systems.

Rice exports in 2013/14 marketing year expected 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. Despite slower than normal export flows to Venezuela --the country’s main buyer-- rice exports in 2013/14 (January/December) marketing year are anticipated to increase by some 10 percent to 360 000 tonnes, as a result of the high production in 2013 and strong demand. Guyana is also negotiating exports of up to 100 000 tonnes to Haiti.

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