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Reference Date: 12-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Early prospects for the 2014 maize production are favourable

  2. Cereal exports to decline in 2013/14 marketing year

  3. Wheat flour prices stable in February but at high levels

Early prospects for the 2014 maize production are favourable

Harvesting of the 2014 maize crop has just begun. Production prospects are generally favourable as crops benefitted from good weather conditions during the growing season, with yields close to last year’s good levels.

Cereal production in 2013 is estimated at a record level of almost 4.1 million tonnes, 13 percent higher than in 2012, as a result of a strong increase in maize and wheat outputs. Official estimates of the 2013 wheat production point to a production of 1.5 million tonnes or 56 percent higher than the reduced 2012 level, while maize output reached almost 700 000 tonnes or 16 percent higher than in 2012. The increases reflect high plantings, due to sustained demand, and improved yields, following the use of higher yielding seed varieties and favourable weather conditions during the season.

Cereal exports to decline in 2013/14 marketing year

Total cereal exports in 2013/14 marketing year are anticipated to decline, mainly on account of a decline in rice exports in 2013 from the high levels of the previous year. Wheat exports are expected to remain unchanged.

Wheat flour prices stable in February but at high levels

Prices of wheat flour remained unchanged in February and one‑third above their year‑earlier levels despite ample supplies from last years’ harvest. Prices were mainly supported by high regional export demand.









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