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  Timor-Leste

Reference Date: 06-March-2018

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Unfavourable prospects for 2018 main season maize crop

  2. Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to remain close to last year’s high level

Unfavourable prospects for 2018 main season maize crop

Harvesting of the 2018 main season maize crop is ongoing and will be completed in April, while the 2018 paddy crop is currently in the reproductive to ripening stages and harvesting will start in April. Overall, timely and well-distributed rains since October 2017 benefitted the 2018 main season cereals. However, strong winds in late January and early February hit the ready-to-be harvested maize crop, particularly in the upland areas, with a severe negative impact on the grain production outlook. By contrast, the impact of winds on low-lying rice fields has been minimal and the current prospects for the 2018 main paddy production remain generally positive.

Cereal import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to remain close to last year’s high level

The country heavily depends on imports to meet its consumption needs. Cereal import requirements in the 2017/18 marketing year (April/March) are forecast to remain close to last year’s high level of 190 000 tonnes.

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