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Reference Date: 18-September-2015


  1. Increased cereal production expected in 2015 due to favourable weather conditions

  2. Cereal imports for 2015/16 marketing year are forecast to decrease from last year’s high level

Cereal production in 2015 is expected to recover from last year’s reduced output

Harvesting of the 2015 winter crops, mainly wheat, is completed, while that of spring crops, maize and rice, is currently ongoing and would continue until the end of September. On average, the wheat crop accounts for about 90 percent of the total cereal production. FAO’s latest forecast puts this year’s wheat production at 1.4 million tonnes, 17 percent above last year’s reduced output. This is mainly attributed to higher yields compared to last year’s low level, following favourable weather conditions during the cropping season. Similarly, a good rice and maize production is expected. Total cereal production in 2015 is forecast at 1.6 million tonnes, 14 percent above last year’s reduced level.

Cereal imports for 2015/16 marketing year are forecast to decrease from last year’s high level

Total cereal imports for the 2015/16 marketing year (July/June) are forecast to decrease by 21 percent from last year’s high level to 111 000 tonnes. This mainly reflects lower wheat imports, which are forecast at 80 000 tonnes, as a result of the increased 2015 harvest. The country imports mainly wheat from Kazakhstan and rice from the Russian Federation.

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 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
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 NDVI & Precipitation
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