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Reference Date: 30-April-2015

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Prospects for the 2015 main wheat crop favourable

  2. The 2014 cereal production down considerably

  3. Cereal imports forecast to remain above the previous five‑year average

Prospects for the 2015 winter crops favourable

The 2015 winter crops, mainly wheat, are at the developing stage. The outlook for the wheat harvest is positive following generally favourable weather conditions since the beginning of the cropping season and increase in the planted area. Minor maize and rice crops are currently being planted. FAO’s forecast a recovery in cereal production from the last year’s bad weather‑reduced level. The 2015 wheat crop is put at 1.4 million tonnes, around the above-average level of 2013.

The 2014 cereal production is estimated to have decreased considerably

Harvesting of the 2014 cereal crops was completed by the end of September. On average, the wheat crop accounts for about 90 percent of the total cereal production. The 2014 wheat production is officially reported at 1.12 million tonnes, 12 percent below last year’s record level. The decrease is mainly attributed to estimated lower yields, following unseasonably cold temperatures during the winter, as well as below-average rains and shortages of irrigation water particularly over the eastern parts of the country during the growing period. Total cereal production in 2014 is estimated at 1.4 million tonnes, 11 percent below last year’s above-average level.

Cereal imports expected to remain above the previous five-year average

Due to the production decline in 2014, cereal imports for the 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) are projected to increase by 16 percent to 141 000 tonnes and 28 percent above the previous five‑year average. The country imports mainly wheat from Kazakhstan and rice from the Russian Federation.







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