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Reference Date: 13-March-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Rice production in 2014 is estimated slightly above last year’s level

  2. Cereal imports in 2014/15 are forecast to decline from last year’s record level

Rice production in 2014 is estimated slightly above last year’s level

The main staple crop, paddy rice, is planted in May-June and harvested in September-October. The 2014 rice production (in paddy terms) was officially estimated at 5.6 million tonnes, slightly above last year’s near-average level. Favourable weather conditions during the cropping season and increased use of high yielding variety seeds resulted in higher yields which compensated for a 2 percent contraction in the area sown. The area planted to paddy has been declining since early 2000 and particularly in recent years, as farmers shifted to more profitable crops and more land was converted to other uses. In addition to rice, small quantities of barley, maize and other cereals are produced.

Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (October/September) are forecast to decline from last year’s record level

Total cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (October/September) are forecast at 14.1 million tonnes, 5 percent below last year’s high level. This reflects lower maize imports, which are forecast at 9.5 million tonnes, a drop of almost 1 million from last year’s record. Imports of wheat during 2014/15 are set to remain close to last year’s level of 4 million tonnes. Limited rice imports of about 480 000 tonnes are forecast in 2015.







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