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Reference Date: 27-February-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. 2014 wheat harvest is estimated to have recovered from last year’s reduced level

  2. Wheat imports forecast to decrease in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September)

  3. Prices of wheat flour were generally stable in January but at record levels

2014 wheat production is estimated to have recovered from last year’s reduced level

Harvesting of the 2014 main season crops, mainly wheat, barley and oats, was completed in mid-October. The official estimates for the 2014 wheat production have been revised upward, to a record level of 488 000 tonnes, 33 percent up from last year’s weather-depressed harvest. The increase in production reflects higher yields, following favourable weather conditions in main producing areas during the season and a 6 percent increase in sowings compared to last year’s reduced level.

Wheat imports forecast to decrease in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September)

Wheat and rice are the two major imported cereals, mainly from the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. Cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (October/September) are forecast to decrease by 12 percent from last year’s above-average level, to 105 800 tonnes. This mainly reflects lower wheat imports which are forecast at 70 000 tonnes, 13 percent below last year’s level, as a result of the record 2014 harvest. Similarly, rice imports in 2015 are anticipated to decrease from last year’s level by 14 percent to 30 000 tonnes.

Prices of wheat flour were stable in January but at record levels

Wheat flour prices in Ulaanbaatar were generally stable for the seventh consecutive month in January, but were 29 percent above last year’s level. Prices are being underpinned by a continued strong domestic demand and a strong depreciation of the local currency.

Prices of beef and mutton meat in Ulaanbaatar strengthened in January on strong demand. However, both remained below their levels from a year earlier.











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