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Haiti's Cereal Production Recovers from Poor 2012

02 October 2013

HAITI - The harvest of the 2013 main (spring) cereal season was completed in September.

This season accounts for about half of the annual production of cereals, mainly maize and sorghum, but only a third of the rice output, reports the FAO.

Despite below average precipitation during the sowing period, the absence of tropical storms and flooding this season has resulted in a recovery of maize yields.

Preliminary official estimates point to an increase of 30 per cent in production from last year’s sharply reduced level. Rice production is also estimated improved.

Planting of the secondary season has begun under favourable weather conditions. Assuming favourable weather in the remaining of the secondary season, the 2013 aggregate cereal production is expected to increase 35 per cent from last year to above average levels.

Maize meal prices decline as new harvest arrives while rice prices remain stable

With the arrival of the new harvest into the markets, prices of local maize meal—an important staple—have declined in recent months.

In Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, prices for maize meal in September were at the same level or lower than a year earlier. In remote areas, such as Jeremie and Hinche, prices were higher than in September 2012 due to access difficulties.

Prices of imported rice the main staple in the country—remained stable in most markets in September, with the exception of Port-au-Prince where they declined almost 8 per cent.

However, following trends of the United States export rice prices, domestic price remains higher than at the same time in 2012. By contrast, prices for locally produced rice are lower than a year earlier reflecting the recent harvest.

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