Reference Date: 20-December-2016
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Unfavourable weather estimated to have reduced rice production slightly
Cereal imports forecast to increase in 2016/17 marketing year (July/June)
Rice production slightly down in 2016
FAO’s latest estimate puts the 2016 paddy harvest, concluded in July, at 2.6 million tonnes, 3 percent below last year’s record level. The estimated decline mirrors the impact of the above-average temperatures earlier in the year, combined with unseasonably dry conditions which reduced water availabilities for irrigation.
Cereal imports to increase in 2016/17 marketing year (July/June)
Total cereal imports in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) are forecast at 6.6 million tonnes, 5 percent above last year’s high level. This reflects an increase in maize and wheat imports, forecast at 3.8 million tonnes and 1.6 million tonnes, respectively, as a result of strong domestic demand. By contrast, rice imports in the 2016 calendar year are forecast to remain close to last year’s level at 1.2 million tonnes.