GIEWS Country Brief: Indonesia 13-February-2019

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

Favourable prospects for 2019 main crops

Total cereal import requirements in 2018/19 forecast at record levels

Prices of rice increased moderately, while prices of wheat flour levelled off in January

Favourable prospects for 2019 main crops

Harvesting of the 2019, mostly irrigated, main paddy crop started in early February and will be completed by the end of April.

Precipitation since the start of the cropping season in October 2018 has been well distributed in most parts of the country benefiting early crop development. Remote sensing data indicate favourable crop conditions across the country, with the exception of some parts of the Jawa Barat (West Java) Province, where about 20 percent of the paddy production is concentrated (see ASI map). Here, erratic rainfall and below-average irrigation water availabilities were reported between October and December 2018, affecting plantings and crop development.

Overall, production prospects for the 2019 main paddy crop are currently favourable.

Harvesting of the 2019 main maize crop has just started and is expected to be completed by March. Production prospects are currently favourable as good crop conditions and adequate rainfall distribution have been registered since the start of the cropping season in the main producing areas Jawa Timur (East Java), Jawa Tengah (Central Java) and Sumatera.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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