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Haiti 2014 Cereal Planting Delayed

12 March 2014

HAITI - Planting of the 2014 main “printemps” season cereal crops, mainly maize, to be harvested from June, is now underway after some delays due to below average precipitation in February.

Estimates of the 2013 cereal production (main and second seasons) point to a strong recovery from last year’s low level.

Aggregate cereal production is estimated at 540 000 tonnes, or 35 percent up on a year earlier. This mainly reflects the strong recovery in maize and rice yields, due to the absence of tropical storms and flooding last year

Cereal imports forecast to remain high in 2013/14 (July/June) marketing year

Cereal imports are forecast to reach 706 000 tonnes, unchanged from last year but 5 percent higher than the five-year average.

The increase reflects greater wheat imports, which in 2013/14 are forecast to reach their pre-earthquake levels of 197 000 tonnes. Imports of other cereals are expected to remain at average levels.

Maize meal and rice prices stable in February

Prices of imported rice, the main food staple, remained generally stable in February, despite the recent weakening of rice export quotations from the United States, the country’s main source of imports.

Prices of maize meal—the country’s second most important food staple—remained unchanged in most markets and were lower than a year earlier reflecting adequate supplies from the good 2013 production.

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