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Central Asia Regional Wheat Supply and Market Outlook

  • Supply and Market Outlook
  • Middle East and Asia
  • October 7, 2016
Central Asia Regional Wheat Supply and Market Outlook

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Wheat production in Central Asia for the 2016/2017 marketing year is similar to 2015/2016 and slightly above the five-year average. Consecutive years of good production have led to regional carry-over stocks that are 37 percent above average. 

    • Wheat price levels and trends vary across the region. Prices are 16 percent below average in Kazakhstan, stable and near the average in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and well above average in Tajikistan.

    • The region is expected to have a surplus of wheat that is 26 percent higher than the previous year and 52 percent higher than the five-year average.

    • Prices are projected to be similar to the previous year with the continuation of record low prices in Kazakhstan, very high prices in Tajikistan, and prices near average in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Tajik prices continue to be high because of their weak national currency which has depreciated substantially due to decreased remittances and lower export commodity prices.

    • Despite strong regional wheat supply and near-average prices, many people in Afghanistan face acute food insecurity, due primarily to reduced labor opportunities, increasing conflict and displacement, and large numbers of Afghan nationals being repatriated from Pakistan. 

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