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Reference Date: 03-June-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. The 2014 aggregate cereal harvest forecast to decline slightly but still above average

  2. Cereal imports of the 2014/15 marketing year forecast at average levels

The 2014 aggregate cereal harvest forecast to decline slightly but still above average

Harvesting of the 2014 mostly irrigated wheat crop has just started and is expected to continue until July. FAO forecasts this year’s production at 790 000 tonnes, 3 percent below the 2013 good harvest. Despite a slight increase in plantings, the projected reduction in the output is the result of lower yields, following below-average rains and lower availability of water supplies during the season in parts of the country.

Planting of the 2014 rice crop was completed by the end of May. Early indications point to a slight decrease in the area planted, mainly due to relative low prices. Assuming favourable weather conditions, FAO preliminary forecasts the 2014 rice production at 10.6 million tonnes, around last year’s bumper output.

Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (April/May) forecast at average levels

Total cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/March) are tentatively forecast at average levels of around 26 million tonnes, amounting to about 76 percent of total domestic cereal utilization. Annually, the country imports large quantities of maize (which is not produced domestically) of over 15 million tonnes and on average about 6 million tonnes of wheat. By contrast, relatively small volumes of rice, around 700 000 tonnes, are imported annually.





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