PAKISTAN - Harvesting of the 2014 “kharif” season crops, including rice and maize, is currently underway and will continue until early December.
Overall, rainfall between June and August has been generally favourable over the main cereal producing areas benefiting crop development.
However, heavy monsoon rains during the first dekad of September caused the main eastern rivers of Pakistan (Chenab, Jehlum, Sutlei and Ravi) to overflow, resulting in floods and landslides in eastern parts Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) provinces.
In spite of the severe localized crop losses, the overall damage to the 2014 paddy crop is expected to be minimal.
As a result, the recently released official forecast puts this year’s paddy production at 10.1 million tonnes, just 1 per cent lower than the 2013 bumper level and 11 per cent above the previous five-year average.
Similarly, FAO’s latest forecast puts the 2014 maize crop (including the spring and “kharif” seasons) at 4.5 million tonnes, marginally below last year’s record output.
Planting of the 2015, mostly irrigated, “rabi” (winter) wheat crop is currently underway.
The abundant rains in September improved water availability for irrigation and are expected to benefit this season’s crop.
The official target for the 2015 wheat crop is set at 26 million tonnes, 3 per cent up from the 2014 bumper level.
The projected increase is due to anticipated higher yields, as a result of increased use of improved seed varieties.
You can view the full FAO report by clicking here.
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