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Turkmenistan Cereal Production Forecast Down

Turkmenistan Cereal Production Forecast Down

19 August 2014

TURKMENISTAN - Harvesting of the 2014 winter crops, mainly wheat, 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, wheat crop accounts for about 90 percent of the total cereal production.

This year’s wheat production is officially forecast at 1.1 million tonnes, 20 percent below last year’s record level and 12 percent below the five-year average.

The decrease is mainly attributed to estimated lower yields, following unseasonably cold temperatures during the winter and below-average rains particularly over the eastern parts of the country during the growing period. Similarly, rice and maize outputs are expected to decrease.

Total cereal production in 2014 is forecast at 1.3 million tonnes, 18 percent below last year’s above-average level.

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