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Reference Date: 20-May-2015


  1. Rice production in 2015 is forecast slightly below last year’s level

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

Planting of 2015 rice crop underway

Planting of the 2015 rice crop has just started and is expected to continue until June. According to satellite imagery, rains have been generally below-average over most of the country since May, which may delay planting operations. Early expectations are that area planted to rice will decrease further, as farmers continue to convert paddies to more profitable crops and other uses. Paddy plantings have declined steadily since the early 2000s. Considering the anticipated slight decrease in plantings and assuming yields return to more normal levels, compared to the high levels attained in 2014, FAO preliminarily forecasts the 2015 rice production at 5.5 million tonnes, 3 percent below last year’s average level. In addition to rice, small quantities of barley, maize and other cereals are produced.

Cereal imports in 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 to return to the normal level of 9.5 million tonnes, a drop of almost 1 million tonnes 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 460 000 tonnes are forecast in 2015.

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 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
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 NDVI & Precipitation
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