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Grain Production Down

17 May 2010

NEPAL - Overall grain production in Nepal has declined by 4.33 per cent in the fiscal year ending mid-July.

A report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives revealed that yield was down to 7.76 million tonnes, compared to the 8.11 million tonnes harvested in the last fiscal year.

Paddy rice production was also down - by 11 per cent to 4.02 million tonnes - and maize declined by four per cent to 1.85 million tonnes.

The reduction in yields of these staple crops could put food security at risk, as well as damaging livelihoods.

Good news came from the wheat production, however, with a 16 per cent increase to 1.56 million tonnes.

Overall, a food shortfall of 316,465 tonnes is expected, up from last year's deficit of 132,914 tonnes.

This means some 1.6 million people will be affected following the poor harvesting, which is due to a lack of irrigation and falling acreage of agricultural land.

"Gaps between food production and population growth is widening and has created an alarming situation for food security," the ministry commented.

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