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Satisfactory Cereal Harvest for Sudan

29 November 2013

SUDAN - Harvesting operations are underway both in bimodal rainfall areas of Greater Equatoria (Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria states), where the second season cereal crop is being gathered, and in unimodal rainfall areas.

In bimodal rainfall areas, especially in the greenbelt of Greater Equatoria, production of coarse grains is forecast at above average levels, while lower yields are expected in lowlands of Warrap, Unity, Upper Nile and Northern Bahr el Ghazal States due to erratic rains, insecurity and seasonal floods in September/early October.

Very low production is expected in the disputed area of Abyei, as farmers, for the second consecutive year, were unable to plant due to insecurity.

A joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) together with the Ministry of Agriculture is fielded from late-October 2013 and field work has just been concluded. An updated crop production estimate and overall food security situation will be issued soon.

Cereal prices seasonally declining in most markets

Prices of locally produced sorghum, the main staple, seasonally declined in most markets in recent months as the newly harvested crops increased supplies.

From August to November, retail prices of sorghum decreased by between 10 and 23 percent in Juba, Bor, Malakal, Bentiu, and Gogrial markets, while they remained firm in Aweil (Northern Bahr el Ghazal State) and Rumbek markets (Lakes State), where crop production was negatively affected by insecurity and erratic rains. November prices were below or around their levels of 12 months earlier in most monitored markets.

In the capital Juba, prices of maize, mostly imported, declined by 17 per cent between August and November. The decline in maize prices occurred despite increasing prices in Uganda, the country’s main supplier, as a result of the increased availabilities of locally produced sorghum.

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