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Reference Date: 05-August-2016

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Wheat production has risen sharply in 2016 and should cover expected domestic requirements

  2. Cereal imports forecast to decline in 2016/17 reflecting increased domestic production

Wheat production has risen sharply in 2016 and should cover expected domestic requirements

Latest information points to an overall cereal production of 1.8 million tonnes in 2016, the highest since 2013. Of the total, the bulk is wheat, production of which is estimated to have risen by 200 000 tonnes from 2015 to reach 1.6 million tonnes, following generally favourable weather during the growing season that led to improved yields compared to the past two years. At the estimated level, this year’s wheat output meets the official target that was set fo2016 in order to meet the expected domestic utilization requirements.

Cereal imports to decline in 2016/17

Total cereal imports for the 2016/17 marketing year are forecast at 121 million tonnes, slightly below the previous year. A reduction in wheat imports, expected in view of ample domestic supplies, would be partially offset by increased rice imports. Wheat imports are forecast at 80 000 tonnes (including wheat flour in wheat equivalent), down 20 000 million tonnes from last year’s level.







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