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  Kyrgyzstan

Reference Date: 31-July-2018

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal output in 2018 forecast at average levels

  2. Wheat imports in 2018/19 (July/June) expected to remain unchanged from previous year

  3. Prices of wheat flour stable over last six months

Cereal output in 2018 forecast at average levels

Harvesting of winter cereals, which were planted in September-October 2017, started in early June. During the growing season, weather conditions were favourable for crop development. However, excessive precipitations at the end of May, just before the start of the harvest, had a negative impact on yields.

Overall conditions of spring cereals, to be harvested by September, are good (see ASI map), reflecting adequate precipitation amounts and availability of irrigation.

Considering a slight reduction in winter yields, FAO forecasts the total 2018 cereal production at 1.7 million tonnes, about 3 percent below the previous year and very close to the five-year average.

Wheat imports in 2018/19 expected to remain unchanged from previous year

Wheat imports account for about half of the total domestic consumption needs. Wheat imports in the 2018/19 marketing year (July/June) are forecast at 600 000 tonnes, nearly unchanged from the previous year’s level. The bulk of wheat grains and flour is imported from Kazakhstan, although the share of imports from the Russian Federation has been increasing over the past years.

Prices of wheat flour stable over last six months

The average price of wheat flour was relatively stable over the last six months and, in July, it was very close to its year‑earlier level reflecting stable domestic production in 2017 and stable export prices from Kazakhstan. To ensure cheap import flows in the country, the Government lifted the import tariffs on wheat flour in December last year.

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