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Reference Date: 14-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Prospects for the 2014 cereal production are mixed

  2. Cereal imports in 2013 at record levels

  3. Prices of maize and wheat remained stable in February, those of rice increased

Prospects for the 2014 cereal production are mixed

Planting of the main 2014 rice crop is virtually concluded. Despite planted area estimated at close to last year’s good level, prospects remain uncertain, due to below-average rainfall in January and February, particularly in the departments of La Libertad, Lambayeque and Piura. Harvesting of the 2014 maize crop is underway and early forecasts point to a decline of 4 percent to 1.6 million tonnes from last year’s level, reflecting a reduction in the area planted due to low prices at sowing time. However, the 2014 maize output is still expected above the past five‑year average.

Total cereal production in 2013 is officially estimated at about 5.2 million tonnes, close to 2012 level and above the past five‑year average.

Cereal imports in 2013 at record levels

Cereal imports in 2013 (January/December) marketing year rose 5 percent from the previous year to a record level of 4.1 million tonnes. The increase reflects higher maize imports, due to strong demand from the feed sector, and larger wheat imports, mainly from the United States and Canada. By contrast rice imports declined in 2013 reflecting adequate domestic availabilities.

Prices of maize and wheat remained stable in February, those of rice increased

Maize and wheat flour prices remained stable in February and were relatively unchanged compared to the same time a year earlier reflecting adequate supplies in the market. By contrast, rice prices seasonally increased and were higher than in February 2013.









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