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Reference Date: 11-May-2015


  1. Rice production in 2015 estimated at high level

  2. Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

Rice production in 2015 estimated at high level

Harvesting of the 2015 paddy crop is virtually completed. FAO preliminarily estimates the aggregate 2015 paddy production at 2.6 million tonnes, unchanged from last year’s bumper level. This mainly reflects high yields as a result of favourable weather during the season and continued Government support to the rice sector, including subsidies for agricultural inputs aimed at boosting yields.

Cereal imports to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June)

Total cereal imports in the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are projected at 6.4 million tonnes, 6 percent above last year’s high level. This reflects a 24 percent increase in rice imports in 2014 to 1.1 million tonnes, a return to average from last year’s low level, as a result of strong domestic demand. By contrast, maize and wheat imports are anticipated to remain generally stable at 3.9 and 1.4 million tonnes, respectively.

Relevant links:
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
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