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Tajikistan Cereal Levels Decline from Last Year's Levels

Tajikistan Cereal Levels Decline from Last Year's Levels

03 November 2014

TAJIKISTAN - Harvesting of 2014 winter and spring crops, mainly wheat, barley and maize was completed by the end of September.

FAO’s latest estimate puts the 2014 wheat production at 745 000 tonnes, 4 percent below last year’s near-average level.

The decrease is the result of lower yields, following shortages of irrigation water during the growing season and a small contraction in area planted.

Similarly, 2014 maize production is estimated to decrease by 7 percent compared to last year’s good level and reach 100 000 tonnes.

The 2014 aggregate cereal output is set at 1.1 million tonnes, 3 percent down from last year’s good level and close to the five-year average.

Planting of 2015 winter crops, including wheat and barley, started in mid-August and will continue until mid-November.

Weather conditions between August and mid-October have been generally favourable, benefiting planting activities and early development of crops.

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