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  Lao People's Democratic Republic

Reference Date: 05-July-2017


  1. Main 2017 season started under generally favourable weather conditions

  2. Rice imports to decrease in 2017

Main 2017 season started under generally favourable weather conditions

Planting of the 2017 main (wet) season paddy crop started in mid-April in the northern parts, while the bulk of the crop, grown in central and southern parts, will be sown until July. Remote sensing data indicates near-normal rainfall since mid-April over the main cereal-producing areas in the centre and south of the country. However, northern parts of the country, which produce a small share of the main season paddy crop, may have some delays in planting operations due to below-average rains since the start of the season. Assuming near-average yields, FAO tentatively forecasts the 2017 paddy production at 4 million tonnes, slightly above last year’s good level. Similarly, the 2017 maize output is projected to surpass the 2016 bumper crop and reach 1.4 million tonnes.

Rice imports to decrease in 2017

Rice imports only account for a small percentage of the total supplies. Considering the slow year-to-date import pace and expectations of good local availabilities, rice imports in calendar year 2017 are forecast by FAO to decrease to 150 000 tonnes.

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