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Jordanian Cereal Production Negligible

29 November 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

JORDAN - The country's total wheat, barley, corn and rice imports are forecast to reach 720,000 MT, 600,000 MT, 500,000 MT and 140,000 MT respectively. The low imports are mainly due to inflation and foreign competition.

Jordan's wheat production is barely sufficient for consumption. Imports are expected to remain at the same level as MY 2011/2012. Imports have been influenced by global market volatility and accelerating prices. Only 50,000 MT of US wheat was imported due to economic pressures coupled with high C&F prices.

Barley production in the country goes largely into sheep, and to a certain extent, cattle and poultry, feed at early growth stages. A significant decline in barley consumption has been witnessed since the adoption of the new animal tag system by the government. No barley imports from the US have been recorded.

According to the USDA's Jordon Grain and Feed Annual for 2012, corn production was less than 1,000 MT used as corn-on-the cob for human consumption. Consumption is forecast to be 500,000 tons. Imports of corn have increased due to natural growth of poultry and dairy industries, and active domestic exports of chickens and eggs to nearby markets.

Jordan has zero rice production. US market share for rice is expected to go down in MY 2012/13. The country's major rice suppliers are Thailand, India and Turkey.

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