CAMBODIA - Planting of the 2014 main (wet) season paddy crop, which normally accounts for about 80 per cent of annual production, is almost complete.
Overall, rainfall between June and mid-October has been near-average over much of the country benefiting sowing activities and crop development.
However, a dry spell over northwestern parts of the country between June and August, coupled with localised floods in August in the Mekong River Basin, affected close to 166,000 hectares of agricultural crops, of which some 36,000 hectares were damaged.
As a result, FAO’s latest forecast puts the 2014 main season rice output at 7.2 million tonnes, 2 per cent below last year’s record level of the same season.
Assuming an average 2014/15 secondary (dry) season harvest, FAO’s preliminary forecast for the aggregate 2014 rice production stands at 9.3 million tonnes, marginally below last year’s record level.
Harvesting of the 2014 maize crop began in September and will continue until the end of October. FAO’s latest forecast points to a 3 per cent decrease to 900 000 tonnes, reflecting a contraction in planted area, after the record level in 2013.
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