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  Lao People's Democratic Republic

Reference Date: 20-December-2016

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

  2. Cereal exports in 2016 to increase from last year’s low level

Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

Harvesting of the 2016 main (wet) paddy crop is nearing completion, while the 2016 secondary (dry) season crop is being planted for harvest as of April. FAO forecasts the aggregate paddy production in 2016 at 4 million tonnes, implying a 5 percent recovery from the 2015 weather-affected outcome. The upturn is expected to be primarily sustained by an increase in the main crop, facilitated by favourable rainfall during the cropping season. Prospects are also favourable for the forthcoming secondary season, owing to improved water availability for irrigation.

The 2016 maize output, harvested by October, is estimated by FAO at 1.3 million tonnes, 23 percent above last year’s reduced level, following a recovery in both area and yields.

Cereal exports in 2016 to increase from last year’s low level

Cereal exports in the 2017 marketing year are forecast at 400 000 tonnes, almost 30 percent above the previous year’s level. The increase is the result of higher maize exports, which are forecast to almost double last year’s low level and reach 300 000 tonnes, in line with a strong rebound in 2016 output.