Estimates for total rice area and production in Bangladesh for marketing year (MY) 2017/18 (May to April), have been lowered to 11.3 million hectares and 33.1 million tons (MMT) due to heavy and prolonged rain and flooding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.
In MY 2017/18, the rice import forecast is raised to 1.6 million tons to boost depleted rice stocks. In MY 2017/18 (July-June), Post’s wheat import forecast is raised to 6.5 million tons due to accelerated domestic consumption in the processed food industry, the USDA said in a note.
The corn production estimate in MY 2017/18 is raised to 3.3 MMT owing to increased yield of imported varieties and favourable weather, it added.
Massive amounts of crops lost to flooding imposed economic hardship on millions of farmers and households, the report pointed out as a second monsoon caused heavy flooding in July and especially August after a devastating early flash flood in March.
“The flooding affected 34 districts out of 64 administrative districts of the country. Heavy late monsoon rains in the upstream provinces of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal in India caused flooding in the northeastern districts of Bangladesh, the note pointed out.
Out of 90 river water level monitoring stations in the country, 30 stations showed readings above the danger level of flooding. In one river, Jamuna at Bahadurabad point, the flood level reached 135 cm above the danger level, the highest flooding on record.