FAO pre­dicts bumper wheat, rice har­vests

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion has said the world's wheat and rice pro­duc­ers are head­ing for a record har­vest this year. In its fresh food out­look, it has raised its fore­cast of global wheat pro­duc­tion to 742.4 mil­lion tonnes be­cause of in­creases in In­dia, US and Rus­sia, which is poised to over­take the Euro­pean Union as the largest ex­porter. The to­tal wheat util­i­sa­tion is pro­jected to reach 730.5 mil­lion tonnes. This in­cludes a big jump in the use of lower-qual­ity wheat for an­i­mal ra­tions. The global rice pro­duc­tion is also pre­dicted to ex­pand for the first time in three years, to an all-time high of 497.8 mil­lion tonnes. This is mainly due to abun­dant mon­soon rains in Asia and in­creased pro­duc­tion in Africa.

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