BANGLADESH (19 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 minor Aus paddy crop was completed in August and the
output is close to normal. Prospects for the main Aman crop, current
in the ground and due for harvest in November-December, are favourable.
The Boro crop, harvested in May, was very good and benefited from
favourable weather, and the aggregate paddy output in 2006 is tentatively
forecast at a record 41 million tonnes. Output of the 2006 wheat,
harvested in March-April, is estimated at some 1 million tonnes.
Total cereal imports in 2006/07 (July/June) are forecast at some
3 million tonnes, around the previous year’s level.
CAMBODIA (20 September)
There are two seasons of paddy production in the country: wet season and dry
season, with the wet season production accounting for some 80 percent
of the total. Planting/transplanting of the wet season rice, due
for harvest from November, has been completed. The aggregate 2006
paddy production is tentatively forecast above last year’s
record level, reflecting higher plantings and good weather. With
the increase in production, the country is expected to have enough
rice for domestic consumption and some exportable surplus in 2007.
Heavy rains and strong winds in August 2006 have reportedly affected
nine provinces in Cambodia, resulting in more than 33 000 people
evacuated. Over 500 families are in need of urgent assistance. The
rains have had a mixed impact on paddy crop in some areas, eased
drought for others, but in others destroyed crops. More than 7 000
hectares of paddy crop were damaged by floods in many provinces
located in the northern, western, and west-southern of the country.
CHINA (19 September)
The worst drought, in the last fifty years, has reportedly affected more than
3 million hectares of crops in Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality.
The economic losses are officially estimated at more than 10 billion
yuan (1.25 billion US dollars) in Sichuan and over 6 billion yuan
(0.75 billion US dollars) in Chongquing. At the same time, China
also was hard-hit by a series of devastating typhoons and tropical
storms, killing over 600 people and causing over 3 million people
The outcome of the 2006 early rice crop, harvested in July was
estimated at 32 million tonnes. The main rice crop is presently
being harvested, while harvesting of the late crop is due in October-November.
The forecast for the 2006 aggregate paddy production (the three
crops) has been revised downward to 180 million tonnes from the
previous estimate of 185 million tonnes to reflect the impact of
the serious drought in Sichuan, Chongqing as well as in Heilongjiang
Provinces. However, at this level, production is still close to
the good crop of last year.
Harvesting of maize in southern areas was completed in August,
while is still ongoing in northern parts. The latest estimates point
to a record output of 142 million tonnes as a result of increased
area planted and higher yields.
In 2006/07, China’s cereal imports are expected to remain
at last year’s relatively low level of some 4 million tonnes,
but cereal exports are forecast to be reduced from some 7.5 million
tonnes to 5.5 million tonnes.
INDIA (19 September)
The 2006 southwest monsoon has been on the long-term average, but with highly skewed distribution. Harvesting of the 2006 main Kharif rice, coarse grains, oilseeds and groundnuts crops has begun. The Kharif rice production this year is forecast at 76 million tonnes, some 2.7 per cent higher than last year. The aggregate output of the 2006 rice crop is forecast at some 93.3 million tonnes, some 2 million tonnes above the good level of the previous year.
The 2006 wheat output is officially estimated at 69.48 million tonnes, 1.2 percent above the reduced crop of 2005 year, and about average. In order to replenish stocks, wheat imports in 2006/07 (April/March) are expected to reach 6 million tonnes, resulting in a change in the country trade position, from a large net exporter of wheat to a large net importer (behind Egypt, Brazil, and the European Union.
INDONESIA (20 September)
Foodcrops presently in the ground are secondary/dry season paddy and maize,
which are due for harvest from late October. The 2006 aggregate
paddy production is officially forecast at about 54.8 million tonnes,
the third consecutive good crop, reflecting the ample irrigation
water supplies. The 2006 maize crop is forecast at some 12.5 million
tonnes, the same level as last year. The overall food supply situation
in Indonesia is satisfactory. Imports of wheat, which is not produced
in the country, are forecast to remain stable at around 4.8 million
tonnes in 2006/07 (April/March). Maize imports are expected at 500
While the national cereal supply position is satisfactory, a large
number of vulnerable population, especially those affected by natural
disasters (earthquakes and tsunami) in the past years continue to
be in need of need international food assistance. This year, in
May, an earthquake struck Yogyakarta, leaving some 6 000 people
dead and some 300 000 homes destroyed. In July, an earthquake and
tsunami on the island of Java, caused widespread damage of houses
and a large number of people displaced.
JAPAN (19 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 main rice crop is about to start. The paddy output is
forecast at 10.41 million tonnes. The rice import in 2007 is expected
at some 800 000 tonnes. As part of the liberalization of its rice
policy, the Government has announced the elimination of controls
on production starting from 2008.
The import of wheat and coarse grain in 2006/07 (July/June) is
forecast to remain steady at 5.4 million tonnes and 19.7 million
KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF (19 September)
South Korea provided 100 000 tonnes of rice in a one-time aid package, which
also included building materials and equipment.
Harvesting of the 2006 main season crops of rice, maize, and potatoes
is underway. A lower output than last year is expected. Total cereal
import requirement in 2006/07 (Nov/Oct), including commercial import
and food aid, is tentatively forecast at some 1 million tonnes.
Severe floods that struck South Pyongan, North Hwanghae, Kangwon
and South Hamgyong provinces in mid-July totally or partially destroyed
23 400 houses and left some 19 000 families homeless. The floods
caused extensive damage to crops and infrastructure in some districts.
Maize, paddy and soybeans were among the main summer crops being
cultivated. There was also considerable loss from family kitchen
garden plots (tomatoes, cabbages, beans, cucumbers etc, some fruits,
as well as small livestock such as pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits
etc) in the affected areas.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF (19 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 paddy crop will start at the end of this month and continue
into November, with the output forecast at 4.67 million tonnes of
milled rice, some 2 percent down from a year earlier, due to lower
area planted and unfavourable weather.
The country produces only about one third of its annual cereal
consumption requirement. Cereal imports in the 2006/07 marketing
year (October/September) are estimated at 13.4 million tonnes, with
9.1 million tonnes of maize and 3.8 million tonnes of wheat.
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (20 September)
The wet season paddy crop, accounting for about 85 percent of the annual cereal
production and predominantly grown in the Mekong River basin, is
due for harvest from October through December. The aggregate paddy
production in 2006 is forecast at 2.6 million tonnes, 32 000 tonnes
above last year. With the expected higher rice production, the country
can virtually maintain its food sufficiency in 2006. However, Laos
is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.
Some 30 percent of population is estimated to live below the national
poverty line. Even in normal agricultural years, one third of the
population, predominantly in upland areas, experiences rice deficit
for four months and need food assistance.
MALAYSIA (19 September)
Harvesting of the irrigated secondary paddy crop, which normally accounts for
more than 40 percent of total production, is ongoing, while harvesting
of the main paddy crop finished in April. The 2006 paddy output
is provisionally forecast at the average level of 2.2 million tonnes,
following a close to average season. Rice import in 2006/07 is forecast
at some 760 000 tonnes, representing some 35 percent of domestic
consumption. Wheat is not produced in Malaysia and maize production
is insignificant. The 2006/07 import requirement is forecast at
some 1.4 million tonnes of wheat and 2.4 million tonnes of maize.
MALDIVES (April 2006)
Maldives was the smallest country hit by the tsunami on 26 December 2004, but it suffered the sharpest blow in relative terms. After more than nine months, the country is facing severe budget and economic problems, as a result of both tsunami and rising oil prices. The tourism industry accounts for a large percentage of the country's GDP. Despite repairs in a number of resorts damaged by the tsunami, tourist numbers in the first nine months of 2005 dropped by about 30 percent from the same period of the previous year, but have now reportedly returned to normal. Fisheries and agriculture were also damaged by the tsunami. FAO has been providing assistance in the building of boats and fishing gear and supplied farmers with the required agricultural inputs and tools (fertilizer, vegetable seeds, cuttings and seedlings, and hand tools).
MONGOLIA (19 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 wheat crop, virtually the only cereal produced in the
country, is underway. Most parts of the country has experienced
a normal rainfall and temperature this summer and the output of
this crop is provisionally forecast around the average level of
127 000 tonnes. This will cover only about 33 percent of domestic
wheat utilization, leaving an estimated import requirement for 2006/07
of 256 000 tonnes.
Dzud and drought conditions in Mongolia in last several years have
substantially depleted household coping mechanisms and have resulted
in an increase in poverty. An joint UN food security expert consultation
and food security assessment mission will visit the country in October
MYANMAR (20 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 main season paddy crop, accounting for some 85 percent
of annual production, will begin next month. The aggregate output
is forecast at a record 24.8 million tonnes due to an increase in
the area planted and normal weather conditions during the growing
season. The production of maize in 2006 is forecast at 950 000 tonnes
slightly above last year’s level, also as a result of increased
plantings. Reflecting steady increases in paddy production in the
past few years, the overall cereal supply situation is satisfactory
in the country with a net export of cereals in 2005/06 forecast
at some 400 000 tonnes, similar to the level of 2006.
NEPAL (20 September)
The 2006 paddy crop is due for harvest in November-December. Excessive rains
in some parts are likely to have negatively affected summer crops.
The outcome of the harvest is provisionally forecast at 4.3 million
tonnes, some 100 000 tonnes above the crop of last year. Harvesting
of maize is underway and that of millet will start soon. The aggregate
output of coarse grains is expected at about last year’s level
of 1.9 million tonnes. The cereal output in 2006/07 can meet the
According to the Nepal Red Cross Society, more than 16 000 families
in 26 districts have been affected by this year’s seasonal
floods and landslides. By mid-September, over 45 000 people have
received relief assistance. WFP plans to deliver some 1 300 tonnes
of food to the affected population in the western regions.
The armed conflict and the unstable political situation in the
country also continue to disrupt the food security and livelihood
of thousands of families.
PAKISTAN (19 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 paddy and coarse grain crop is underway. Paddy production
in 2006 is forecast to be less than last year’s record, but
higher than the average due to favourable weather conditions. Rice
exports in 2006 are forecast at 3.4 million tonnes in 2006 and 3.2
million tonnes in 2007.
The 2006 wheat crop harvested in April-May was estimated at a record
level of 21.7 million tonnes, reflecting increased availability
of irrigation water and increased application of fertilizers and
herbicides. However, despite the larger domestic crop, the country
is expected to import some 500 000 tonnes of wheat in 2006/07 to
maintain strategic reserves and meet demand of the growing population.
PHILIPPINES (19 September)
Harvesting of the main rice and maize crops is underway. The 2006 aggregate
paddy production is officially forecast at a record 15.5 million
tonnes, some 11 percent above five-year average reflecting favourable
weather, the distribution of higher yielding seeds and expanded
(irrigated) areas planted. Similarly, the maize harvest is expected
to reach, at a record level of 6 million tonnes, compared to 5.25
million tonnes last year and the five-year average of 4.83 million
With this expected larger harvest, the import requirement of rice
in 2006/07 is forecast at 1.3 million tonnes, down from last year’s
1.7 million tonnes, while that of maize is anticipated at 50 000
tonnes, comparing with 321 000 tonnes last year. Wheat is not produced
in the country and import requirements in 2006/07 are estimated
at 2.75 million tonnes.
SRI LANKA (20 September)
The main 2006 Maha rice crop, planted in October-November 2005, was harvested
in March/April Output was officially estimated at some 2.135 million
tonnes, 120 000 tonnes above last year’s production, mainly
reflecting favourable weather conditions during the growing season.
Harvesting of the 2006 irrigated Yala rice crop is underway. Aggregate
paddy production in 2006 is provisionally forecast at 3.3 million
tonnes to slightly higher than last year’s bumper crop. Total
cereal import requirements in 2006/07 (July-June) are forecast at
about 1.2 million tonnes.
The deterioration of the political and security situation in Sri
Lanka since late 2005 has significantly affected food security in
some areas of the country, particularly districts in the Northeast
which also affected by the 2004 tsunami disaster. A WFP special
operation project amounting to 2.6 million dollars has just started
in September for five months in support of 600 000 beneficiaries.
THAILAND (20 September)
The main 2006 rice crop, accounting for about 75 percent of annual rice production,
is at the development stage. Weather conditions since the beginning
of the season in mid-May have been generally favourable . Harvesting
of the crop will begin in November and the 2006 paddy output is
provisionally forecast at 30.6 million tonnes, some 600 000 tonnes
above the record achieved last year, reflecting the good growing
conditions and attractive intervention prices that prompted an increase
The country maintains its status as the world’s largest rice
exporter. In 2006, exports are forecast at 7.3 million tonnes, compared
to 7.5 million tonnes in the previous year. Output of the 2006 maize
crop, just harvested, is estimated at 3.75 million tonnes, which
would be enough to meet domestic consumption requirement in 2006/07.
TIMOR-LESTE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF (20 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 rice crop, one of the main staples of the country, is
complete in northern areas, but is still underway in southern parts.
Aggregate output of cereals (milled equivalent) is expected to recover
from the drought-affected level of last year and is tentatively
forecast at 129 000 tonnes. However, the country needs to import
some 50 000 tonnes of cereals (mainly rice) in 2006/07 (July/June).
Inadequate agricultural infrastructures and poor soil quality in
most parts of Timor-Leste continue to hinder development of the
The food security situation of many urban residents remains significantly
affected by recent civil unrest. On 25 August 2006, the Security
Council unanimously approved resolution 1 704 creating a new and
expanded UN mission in Timor-Leste for an initial period of six
months, subject to renewal. By the end of August, WFP had provided
a 1 467 tonnes of food assistance to approximately 167 100 beneficiaries.
VIET NAM (20 September)
Harvesting of the winter/spring paddy crop was completed in July. The aggregate
paddy output in 2006 is expected to be record at 36.7 million tonnes,
reflecting increased plantings and higher yield. Viet Nam, the world’s
second largest rice exporter after Thailand, exported around 5.2
million tonnes of rice in 2005 and a similar amount is expected
The 2006 maize crop is estimated at 3.8 million tonnes, similar
to last year’s record. At this level of production the country
is expected to virtually maintain self-sufficiency in maize.
AFGHANISTAN (13 September)
Cereal harvesting is complete and latest estimates show aggregate harvest significantly
lower than previous estimates. Reduced precipitation and significantly
high temperatures compromised almost all of the rain-fed cereals
and affected irrigated wheat yields. In some areas of Northern and
Western Afghanistan harvest has been completely lost and water tables
have receded significantly prompting movement of people out of some
villages in search of food and water. The situation could deteriorate
in lean winter months, when households traditionally store food
from summer harvests for consumption in Winter. Household assets
and coping strategies have been, by and large, exhausted amid the
continuing civil strife and lack of alternative sources of livelihoods.
Therefore, even a small fluctuation in crop production has significant
consequences, as consumption cushioning in many areas is not a viable
option. Aggregate cereal harvest is now estimated at about 3.8 million
tonnes, some 1.3 million tonnes down on last year’s harvest.
Wheat, the main staple crop accounting for a large proportion of
the daily diet, has dropped by 1 million tonnes compared with last
year’s harvest of 4.2 million tonnes. The cereal harvest this
year also includes some 240 000 tonnes of paddy rice, 240 000 tonnes
of maize and 220 000 tonnes of barley. Aggregate cereal import requirement
for the 2006/07 marketing year is forecast at about 740 000 tonnes,
including 600 000 tonnes of wheat and 140 000 tonnes of rice. Cereal
imports includes 150 000 tonnes of wheat in food aid requirement.
WFP under the current Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation
(PRRO) is targeting a total of 4.8 million vulnerable people. The
main recovery activities are food for work, food for education,
irrigation, forestry and infrastructure rehabilitation. The relief
operations, nearly a third of the total, include targeted assistance
to vulnerable households, internally displaced, returning refugees
and long term patients.
CYPRUS (18 September)
Sowing of the 2007 wheat and barley crops is about start. Aggregate cereal
output in 2006 is estimated at 122 000 tonnes, compared to the previous
year’s output of about 102 000 tonnes.
Imports of wheat in 2006/07 (May/April) are forecast at 100 000
tonnes, while aggregate imports of barley and maize are forecast
at some 540 000 tonnes.
IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF (20 September)
Harvesting of the 2006 irrigated paddy and maize crops is underway. The yield
of maize and rice is likely to be above normal. The 2006 paddy output
is provisionally forecast at a new record level of 3.4 million tonnes,
compared to 3.3 million tonnes in the previous year. In recent years,
production of irrigated maize has been encouraged by the Government,
and the 2006 output is also estimated to be a record at 1.7 million
tonnes. The outcome of the winter wheat crop, harvested in June-July
is estimated at some 14.5 million tonnes, unchanged from the previous
year’s level. Reflecting the increase in production, cereal
import requirements in 2006/07 (Apr/Mar) are expected to decline
to about 4.6 million tonnes from 5.3 million a year ago.
IRAQ (19 September)
Planting of the 2007 winter wheat crop is expected to start within the next
few weeks. Cereal production may continue to be affected by serious
shortages of fertilizers and other agricultural inputs, mainly as
a result of the continuing security problems. The 2006 total cereal
crop, harvested earlier in the year, is estimated at 3.1 million
tonnes, similar to the output in 2005.
The food security situation in the country remains extremely fragile.
Recent events indicate a deterioration of security conditions which
led to an increase in humanitarian needs in crisis areas. The UN
and other international agencies are monitoring the evolution of
the situation and providing assistance as needed.
ISRAEL (18 September)
Planting of the 2007 wheat and barley crops, to be harvested during April/May
next year, is about to begin. Output of wheat harvested earlier
this year in May/June is estimated at 180 000 tonnes, more than
40 percent above the previous year’s crop. Imports of cereals
in 2006/07 (July/June) are forecast at some 2.9 million tonnes.
JORDAN (18 September)
Sowing of the 2007 wheat and barley crops, for harvest in May/June next year,
is about to start. In 2006, aggregate output of wheat and barley
id estimated at 93 000 tonnes, compared to 66 000 tonnes in 2005.
Imports of cereals in 2006/07 (July/June) are forecast at some 2
LEBANON (18 September)
The recent conflict between Israel and political factions in Lebanon has affected
food, fuel and medical supplies and large parts of the country’s
infrastructure lies in ruins. Hundreds of thousands of people were
displaced within and outside the country. The cessation of hostilities
has eased some of the problem but humanitarian assistance is still
FAO’s estimate of the 2006 total cereal output stands at
about 146 000 tonnes, an average level. However, assessments of
the impact of the conflict have yet to be carried out. Domestic
cereal output usually covers only about 10 percent of consumption
requirements, and the country depends heavily on imports for such
essential food items as wheat, rice, sugar and milk powder. Imports
of cereals -- mainly wheat -- in 2006/07 (July/June) are forecast
at some 800 000 tonnes.
SAUDI ARABIA (18 September)
Planting of the wheat crop for harvest in April/May next year is about to start.
Production of wheat in 2006 is estimated at 2.4 million tonnes,
similar to the previous year. Total imports of cereals in 2006/07
(July/June) are currently estimated at about 9 million tonnes, including
about 6.5 million tonnes of barley.
SYRIA (18 September)
Sowing of the 2007 wheat and barley crops is about to start and will continue
until mid-January next year. The 2006 wheat production, harvested
earlier this year, is estimated at 5.2 million tonnes. At this level,
the production is about 11 percent above the previous year’s
crop. Barley production, which is almost entirely rainfed, is estimated
at a below average 700 000 tonnes.
TURKEY (18 September)
Sowing of the 2007 wheat crop is underway. The recently harvested 2006 wheat
crop July, is estimated at 20.3 million tonnes, similar to the previous
year’s crop. The barley crop is estimated at about 8.8 million
tonnes, compared to last year’s 9.2 million tonnes.
Wheat import in the current 2006/07 (July/June) marketing year
is expected to be around 800 000 tonnes.
YEMEN (18 September)
Good Rainfall has generally favoured the main 2006 sorghum and millet crops,
for harvest from October. The aggregate cereal output in 2005 is
forecast to fall marginally from the previous year's level to about
534 000 tonnes but would still be close to the average of the past
Imports of cereals in 2006 - mainly wheat - are estimated at about
2.9 million tonnes.
ARMENIA (12 September)
Cereal harvesting is complete and aggregate harvest is estimated at about 409
000 tonnes, compared with 378 000 tonnes harvested in 2005. This
year’s aggregate cereal harvest includes some 325 000 tonnes
of wheat and 72 000 tonnes of barley. The potato crop, the second
most important staple after wheat, has fared well despite relatively
cold winter. Aggregate cereal import requirement during the 2006/07
marketing year is estimated at about 120 000 tonnes, including 25
000 tonnes in food aid.
AZERBAIJAN (13 September)
Latest reports indicate that Azerbaijan has harvested just over 2 million tonnes
of cereals compared with 1.9 million tonnes in 2005. This year’s
aggregate harvest includes some 1.6 million tonnes of wheat, 212
000 tonnes of barley and 150 000 tonnes of maize. Annual cereal
consumption requirement is estimated at more than 3.1 million tonnes.
Azerbaijan usually imports about a million tonnes of cereals, mainly
food quality wheat to meet consumption requirements. During the
2006/07 marketing year cereal import requirement is estimated at
about 967 000 tonnes, which includes 905 000 tonnes of wheat and
35 000 tonnes of maize. During the 2005/06 marketing year aggregate
imports totalled some 1.05 million tonnes, including 990 000 tonnes
GEORGIA (13 September)
Latest reports indicate that Georgia has just harvested a record 693 000 tonnes
of cereals slightly up on last year’s output estimated at
688 000 tonnes. This year’s harvest includes some 197 000
tonnes of wheat, 420 000 tonnes of maize and 65 000 tonnes of barley.
Georgia is a food-deficit country and needs nearly 1.5 million tonnes
of cereals per annum to meet consumption requirements of mainly
wheat (about 900 000 tonnes) and maize (about 450 000 tonnes). Aggregate
cereal imports during the 2006/07 marketing year are forecast at
about 765 000 tonnes, including 100 000 tonnes in food aid requirements.
Most of the cereal imports are food quality wheat.
WFP has been provided targeted food aid to some 220 000 people under Protracted
Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), which comprises of relief
and recovery components, mainly food distribution to vulnerable
groups and Food for Work programmes.
KAZAKHSTAN (13 September)
Cereal harvesting is nearly complete and latest estimates put output at 14.4
million tonnes compared with 13.9 million tonnes last year. The
estimated harvest this year includes some 11.58 million tonnes of
wheat, 1.8 million tonnes of barley, 230 000 tonnes of paddy rice
and 400 000 tonnes of maize. Cereal exports during the 2006/07 marketing
year are forecast at about 4.68 million tonnes, including 4.3 million
tonnes of wheat and 266 000 tonnes of barley. Cereal exports during
the 2005/06 marketing year totalled some 3.9 million tonnes of mainly
THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC (12 September)
The Kyrgyz Republic has just harvested some 1.77 million tonnes of cereals,
which is slightly up on last year’s above-average harvest.
This includes 1.08 million tonnes of wheat, 450 000 tonnes of maize,
210 000 tonnes of barley and 16 000 tonnes of paddy rice. Above-average
precipitation and sufficient irrigation water availability are the
main contributing factors to this year’s good harvest. Aggregate
cereal import requirement for the 2006/07 marketing year is estimated
at about 110 000 tonnes, including 5 000 tonnes in food aid for
refugees and vulnerable households. Imports include 100 000 tonnes
of wheat and 10 000 tonnes of rice.
TAJIKISTAN (12 September)
Cereal harvesting is complete and latest reports estimate aggregate output
at about 974 000 tonnes compared with 964 000 tonnes in 2005. This
year includes some 750 000 tonnes of wheat, 112 000 tonnes of maize
and 55 000 tonnes of paddy rice. The good harvest is mainly due
to above-average precipitation and ample water availability in the
rivers and reservoirs that feeds the extensive irrigation systems
in the country. Aggregate cereal import requirement for the 2006/07
marketing year is estimated at about 271 000 tonnes including 265
000 tonnes of food-quality wheat. During the 2005/06 marketing year
Tajikistan imported some 270 000 tonnes of cereals, mainly wheat.
TURKMENISTAN (12 September)
Latest reports indicate that cereal harvesting is complete and aggregate output
is estimated at about 3.2 million tonnes, nearly 145 000 tonnes
up on the 2005 harvest. This year’s aggregate harvest includes
some 3 million tonnes of wheat, 65 000 tonnes of barley, 110 000
tonnes of paddy rice and 50 000 tonnes of maize. The Government
intends to export some 120 000 tonnes of wheat and import some 10
000 tonnes of high quality food wheat during the 2006/07 marketing
UZBEKISTAN (12 September)
Latest reports indicate that Uzbekistan has collected another bumper cereal
harvest this year, estimated at over 5.5 million tonnes, some 183
000 tonnes down on the record harvest collected in 2005. This year’s
harvest includes some 5.14 million tonnes of wheat, 140 000 tonnes
of maize, 180 000 tonnes of paddy rice and 90 000 tonnes of barley.
Cotton is the most important industrial crop in the country and
the Government has made significant efforts to increase yields and
maintain area planted with cereals and cotton. The Government intends
to export some 500 000 tonnes of wheat, and import 154 000 tonnes
of high quality food wheat and 120 000 tonnes of rice during the
2006/07 marketing year.