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Average wheat flour prices across major markets monitored have increased by approximately six percent since December 2014. However, the average price is 28 percent higher than in April 2014 and 39 percent higher than the five-year average. Continued depreciation of the Tajikistani Somoni (TJS) against international currencies including the U.S. Dollar (USD) and Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT) has led to increased costs for imported food items, including wheat flour. Prices of potatoes, another staple food, are decreasing as harvested potatoes from exporting countries enter into local markets. The price is now near the five-year average.
The spring agricultural season is progressing normally, with good availability of precipitation both for irrigated and rainfed lands. As of May 5th, more than 104,500 hectares of land has been cultivated during the spring season, reaching 98 percent of the targeted area and 19,400 hectares more than at the same time last year. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is near to normal, with the exception of Khatlon Oblast, where vegetation is more robust, and Rush Valley in the Direct Rule Districts, where poor vegetative conditions are present.
Cotton sowing has progressed normally. As of May 8th, 162,100 hectares of land had been cultivated under cotton, 90 percent of the targeted area.
Net food purchasing households and households entirely dependent on income from remittances for food access are likely to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) until the wheat harvest starts in June.
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