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  Paraguay

Reference Date: 13-April-2017

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Cereal output in 2017 forecast to remain at high level

  2. Cereal exports to decline in 2016/17 marketing year but remain high

Cereal output in 2017 forecast to remain at high level

Planting of the 2017 second season “zafrihna” crop concluded in February under favourable weather conditions. Early reports from the private sector point to the area planted remaining close to last year’s level. Official output figures for the first season 2017 crop, harvested in February, are not yet available but early reports point to a lower crop relative to a year earlier due to lower plantings. FAO anticipates that maize production in 2017 will not exceed 4 million tonnes, well below last year’s record level of 5 million tonnes, pressured by high availabilities and a potentially lower first season output. Planting of other main cereals, like wheat and rice, have not begun and wheat planting, which is expected to start by mid-April, is anticipated to remain unchanged reflecting high availabilities and low domestic price levels.

Cereal exports to decline in 2016/17 marketing year but remain high

Cereal exports in the 2016/17 marketing year (July/June) are anticipated at 4.2 million tonnes, below last year’s record level but still above the five‑year average. The decline mainly reflects lower maize exports which are expected to decline by about 20 percent from last year’s high level as high maize availabilities in the subregion has reduced demand.