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Indoesia Rice, Maize Estimated to Increase

19 June 2014

INDONESIA - Harvesting of Indonesia's 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which accounts for about 95 per cent of annual production, is nearing completion, while planting of the 2014 secondary season crop is expected to start shortly and will continue into August.

Overall, the main season was characterised by normal to above-normal rainfall over much of the country, benefiting development of the rice crop.

However, heavy rains from mid-January to late February resulted in localised flooding causing some limited crop damage particularly in parts of West Java, an important rice-growing area.

By contrast, some rainfall deficit was recorded between early March and late April in parts of the Island of Sumatra and West Kalimantan.

In spite of these localised adverse weather conditions, the overall damage to the 2014 main season paddy crop is expected to be minimal.

As a result, the national paddy output is preliminarily forecast to reach 72 million tonnes, similar to last year’s record level.

Harvesting of the 2014 main (rainy) season maize crop was completed in April and sowing of the 2014 secondary (dry) season crop is ongoing.

FAO’s latest projections put this year’s maize output at 19.1 million tonnes, some 3 per cent above last year’s harvest and slightly below the 2012 record output.

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