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Reference Date: 11-August-2014


  1. The 2014 rice output is forecast to decrease slightly

  2. Rice production in 2013 was revised downward

  3. Cereal exports in 2014 forecast to increase slightly

  4. Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country

The 2014 rice production is forecast to decrease slightly

Planting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop was completed in mid-July. According to satellite-based information and analysis, favourable weather conditions prevailed between mid-May and early August in most parts of the country. However, the continuation of relative low rice prices has resulted in further diversion of land to more profitable crops this season. As a result, FAO tentatively forecasts the 2014 aggregate rice production (including the 2014 main and the 2014/15 secondary seasons), at 3.3 million tonnes, some 3 percent below last year’s output. The maize output is expected to remain similar to 2013’s harvest.

Cereal exports in 2014 forecast to increase slightly

Cereal exports for the 2013/14 marketing year (January/December) are forecast at 330 000 tonnes, slightly above last year’s high level. Most of this volume is maize, exports of which are forecast slightly higher than last year’s above-average level of 280 000 tonnes. Much of the trade takes place with Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and China. The country is expected to remain more-or-less self-sufficient in rice.

Rice prices remain stable

Prices of glutinous rice, the main staple in the country, have remained unchanged in recent months despite new supplies from the main and secondary season harvest, as the national output was estimated at slightly lower level compared to the previous year.

The latest available official data indicated that the national year-on-year inflation rate in June 2014 was 4.6 percent.

Food insecurity is of concern in some parts of the country

Despite steady economic growth, food insecure areas exist at sub-national level. Ethnic groups and children living in remote and rural areas are particularly vulnerable. Approximately 90 percent of the rural people derive their income from the agricultural sector.

Relevant links:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2011, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1995
From FAO:
 FAO Country Profiles

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