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  Mexico

Reference Date: 22-November-2017

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal production for 2017 estimated well above average

  2. Cereal imports in 2016/17 marketing year unchanged from previous year

  3. Prices of white maize stable and below year-earlier levels, black beans increased seasonally

Cereal production for 2017 estimated well above average

Cereal output in 2017 is estimated at almost 35.8 million tonnes, some 5 percent below its record level a year earlier, but well above average. The harvest of the 2017 spring/summer crops is well advanced and early estimates point to a reduction in output mainly reflecting lower sowings. Production of the 2017 wheat crop is anticipated to reach some 3.6 million tonnes, below last year’s level, but well above the average. Production of the spring/summer maize crop, whose harvest concludes in December, is estimated below last year’s high level, as ample availabilities and farmers’ low returns led to lower sowings. The 2017 maize aggregate output (autumn/winter and spring/summer) is anticipated to reach some 26 million tonnes or 5 percent below last year’s record output. However, at this level maize output remains well above the country’s average.

Planting of the 2018 autumn/winter maize and wheat crops is underway. According to official forecasts, maize plantings are expected to reach up to 1.26 million hectares during the season, some 5 percent above its level for the same season last year. By contrast, autumn/winter wheat plantings are anticipated to remain relatively unchanged from the same season last year and reach 590 000 hectares.

Cereal imports in 2016/17 marketing year unchanged from previous year

Cereal imports in the 2017/18 marketing year (October/September) are anticipated to reach 21.6 million tonnes, some 3.5 percent above their level in the previous marketing year. The increase mainly reflects the higher demand for yellow maize imports by the feed industry coupled with this year’s reduced output.

Prices of white maize stable and below year-earlier levels, while prices of black beans increased seasonally

White maize prices in October were relatively stable and generally below their levels a year earlier due to adequate supplies from the spring/summer crop. By contrast, prices of black beans increased seasonally in October and were higher than a year earlier.

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