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Pakistan 2014 Wheat Production Estimated at Near-record Level

20 June 2014

PAKISTAN - Harvesting of the 2014, mostly irrigated, winter wheat crop began in late March in Sindh Province in the south and is currently nearing completion in the main producing northern Punjab area.

Excessive rains in May particularly in the northern parts of the country, which reduced yields somewhat, led to a slight downward revision of the 2014 wheat from the previous official forecast.

As a result, FAO latest estimates point to a 2014 wheat output of 25 million tonnes, slightly above last year’s flood-affected crop and the second best on record.

Planting prospects for the 2014 maize crop, currently underway, are good, as a result of an anticipated increase in the area planted in response to sustained demand from the feed industry.

FAO’s early forecast points to an aggregate 2014 maize crop (including the spring and Kharif seasons) of about 4.8 million tonnes, slightly above the record output of 2013.

Planting of the 2014 main Kharif rice crop is currently in full swing in the main growing provinces of Punjab and Sindh.

The total area planted to rice this year is officially forecast to increase to 2.8 million hectares, slightly higher than the average level of the previous year.

Assuming good weather conditions, and adequate availability of irrigation water supplies, FAO tentatively forecasts the aggregate 2014 rice production at 9.8 million tonnes, slightly above last year’s good level.

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