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Reference Date: 07-August-2014


  1. Cereal production in 2014 is expected to be close to last year’s bumper level

  2. Wheat imports in 2013/14 (July/June) decreased significantly

  3. Prices of cereal products remained generally stable in July, while those of potatoes declined but were still at high levels

The 2014 cereal production expected to be near last year’s bumper output

Harvesting of winter crops (mainly wheat and barley) is currently underway, while that of spring crops (mainly maize) commenced in August and will continue until mid-November. On average, winter and spring crops account for about 40 and 50 percent, respectively, of the total cereal production. The total area planted to cereal this year is officially estimated to have decreased from the high level of the previous year. FAO preliminarily forecasts the 2014 maize and wheat outputs at 1.4 and 1.1 million tonnes, respectively, slightly below last year’s bumper harvests but well above the previous five-year average.

Wheat imports in 2013/14 (July/June) decreased significantly

As a result of the good cereal output last year, in particular wheat, total cereal imports declined to an estimated 72 000 tonnes in 2013/14, a decrease of 22 percent compared to last year’s below-average level. Wheat imports are estimated to have decreased by almost 30 percent, to 52 000 tonnes, compared to last year’s low level.

Prices of cereal products were stable in July, while those of potatoes decreased but still remained at high levels

Prices of wheat and wheat flour remained generally unchanged in the past months and close to their year-earlier levels, mainly reflecting adequate supplies from the 2014 winter harvest. Prices of potatoes, another key food staple in the country, continued the downward trend of the previous months in July, with new supplies from the ongoing harvest entering the markets. However, potato prices remained at considerably higher levels compared to the same period last year.

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: 2007, 2003
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 FAO Country Profiles

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