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Reference Date: 4-August-2016


  1. Cereal production in 2016 forecast at high level

  2. Cereal imports to increase in 2016/17 marketing year

  3. Cereal prices stable in July, maize prices higher than a year earlier

Cereal production in 2016 forecast at high level

Cereal production in Peru occurs on a continuous basis, with harvesting taking place across the country at different times in the calendar year. Cereal production in 2016 is forecast slightly below last year’s bumper level but at close to 5.3 million tonnes, still well above the five year average. The decline mainly reflects lower maize output due to lower yields during the first half of the year. Maize production in 2016 is forecast 1.6 million tonnes or 8.5 percent below last year’s record level but still above the five‑year average. Rice production is forecast at 3.2 million tonnes in 2016, virtually unchanged from last year’s level as plantings for ongoing crops have been restrained by successive large harvests during the first half of the year, where outputs have increased by 5 percent relative to the same period a year earlier.

Cereal imports to increase in 2016/17 marketing year

Cereal imports in the 2016/17 marketing year (January/December) are forecast to increase by 6 percent and reach 4.4 million tonnes. This mainly follows higher imports of maize, due to a strong demand from the feed industry and this year’s anticipated decline in output.

Cereal prices stable in July, maize prices higher than a year earlier

Prices of yellow maize in July were unchanged from the previous month, remaining well above their year‑earlier levels due to tight availabilities reflecting reduced outputs from the crops already harvested during the first half of the year, and lower import levels. Wheat flour prices were unchanged in July and were well below year‑earlier levels reflecting adequate imports. Rice prices in July were also unchanged and moderately above year‑earlier levels, reflecting high demand.

Relevant links:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
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