Tajikistan Remote Monitoring Update March 2013

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 31 Mar 2013 View Original

Regular spring rainfall has improved harvest prospects

KEY MESSAGES

• Despite high prices for wheat and wheat flour and continued high demand for imported foods, income sources in Tajikistan were seasonally normal or increasing slightly. Remittances in February 2013 were at a record high for February at 180.3 million U.S. dollars.

• Despite the slow start of the wet season in October and November, planted area is slightly above last year, and prospects for the winter wheat harvest starting in June are for near average to slightly above average production. Spring rainfall in March has been temporally well distributed, and it is expected to continue at its current, regular pace.

• Prices of wheat and wheat flour in local currency terms are at or near record highs. However, when accounting for exchange rates, the current prices are not at as high the 2008 peak prices.