FAO Forecast Cereal Production Growth in CentAm

FAO Forecast Cereal Production Growth in CentAmHavana, Mar 28. -Cereal production in Central America will increase by 11 percent this year, reaching over 43 million tons, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

According to FAO estimates released in Havana, that volume would include three harvest seasons.

In its report Prospects of Crops and Food Situation, the Rome-based FAO also indicated that cereal production in South America grew 16.6 percent, reaching over 149 million tons, mainly in the wake of a record harvest by Brazil.

The result is considered as a positive sign, mainly because of the high volatility of prices in the current international context, mainly hitting the poor population.

Prices of yellow corn and wheat show an upward trend worldwide.

In the opinion of Alan Bojanic, head of FAO's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, this highlights the importance of supporting food productivity and production, as it contributes to moderate the influence of international prices on local prices. (Prensa Latina)