The production of the 2020 main season crops benefitted from expanded planting, which mostly offset yield losses due to floods and storms.
Production prospects for the 2020/21 minor early season winter/spring crops, for harvest in June, are generally favourable.
The 2020/21 aggregate food crop production is forecast at a near-average level of 5.6 million tonnes.
Cereal import requirements in the 2020/21 marketing year (November/October) are estimated at about 1.1 million tonnes, close to the five-year average.
With commercial imports officially planned at 205 000 tonnes, the uncovered food gap is estimated at about 860 000 tonnes, equivalent to approximately 2.3 months of food use