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  Lao People's Democratic Republic

Reference Date: 18-July-2018

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Paddy production in 2017 estimated close to previous year’s above-average level

Paddy production in 2017 estimated close to previous year’s above-average level

The 2017 secondary (irrigated) paddy crop was harvested by April 2018, while the harvest of the 2017 main (wet) rice crop was completed in December 2017. Overall, weather conditions were favourable throughout the season, benefitting plantings and overall yields. Some crop losses were registered in the northern parts of the country due to floods in August 2017 and localized locust outbreaks. On aggregate, the 2017 rice output is estimated at 4.2 million tonnes, marginally above the bumper level of 2016 and 9 percent above the five-year average.

The 2017 maize output is estimated at 1.4 million tonnes, 4 percent above the previous year’s high level, reflecting an increase in both plantings and yields.

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