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Reference Date: 18-May-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Prospects for 2015 winter cereal crops are favourable

  2. Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) forecast to increase

  3. Wheat flour prices lingered at near-record levels in April

Prospects for the 2015 winter cereal crops are favourable

The 2015 winter cereal crops, mainly wheat, are scheduled to be harvested from June, while planting of the spring cereal crops are about to be completed.

According to remote sensing data, seasonal rains and snowfall have been generally average to above average, despite precipitation deficits in parts. FAO’s latest forecast for the 2015 wheat production is set at 800 000 tonnes, a recovery from last year’s drought reduced crop.

Overall, the 2015 cereal production is anticipated to reach 1.6 million tonnes, up 16 percent from the 2014 reduced output.

Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to increase

The country depends heavily on cereal imports, mainly wheat. As a result of the estimated decrease in 2014 production, wheat imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to increase to 600 000 tonnes, up 11 percent from the previous year’s high level. In average, the country imports about 40 percent of its wheat consumption requirements, mainly from Kazakhstan.

Wheat flour prices lingered at near-record levels in April

Prices of wheat flour, the main staple in the country, remained unchanged or eased somewhat in April compared to the past few months but were still at near-record levels, with nominal prices up to 17 percent higher than their year-earlier values. A sharp depreciation of the national currency since September 2014, coupled with relatively high wheat export quotations in Kazakhstan, as well as the reduced 2014 wheat output, have kept upward pressure on prices in recent months.









Relevant links:
From GIEWS:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Maps
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2010
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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