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Tajikistan Cereal Production Set to Increase

Tajikistan Cereal Production Set to Increase

19 August 2014

TAJIKISTAN - Harvesting of the winter crops (mainly wheat and barley) is nearing completion, while that of spring crops (mainly maize and rice) just started and is expected to continue until the end of September.

On average, winter crops account for about 80 percent of the total cereal output.

FAO’s latest forecast for the 2014 wheat production stands at 800 000 tonnes, 3 percent up from last year’s near-average level.

The increase is mainly attributed to anticipated record yields, following favourable weather conditions during the growing season.

Similarly, prospects for the 2014 barley, maize and rice crops are good, mainly as a result of above-average rains and adequate supplies of irrigation water.

Taking into account the current conditions of the winter and spring crops, the 2014 aggregate cereal production is forecast at 1.13 million tonnes, slightly above last year’s good level.

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